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777-300ER Towed To Gate To Save Fuel?  
User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8037 posts, RR: 5
Posted (5 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3381 times:

This past Sunday, I noticed something unusual at SFO: instead of a plane taxiing by itself all the way to the gate, they stopped the plane just before entering the gate area, and had a tug pull the plane into the gate itself. This happened to the flight my stepfather returning from Hong Kong arrived on, Singapore Airlines Flight SQ002; they stopped the 777-300ER first, then had a tug pull the plane into Gate G91 on Concourse G at the International Terminal.

Does anyone know why this is was done? Was it done as a fuel-saving and pollution-reduction measure? Or was the spacing around Gate G91 so tight with a 773ER they decided to use a tug for easier placement of the plane into the gate parking spot?  Confused I've noticed that when the SQ 773ER parks at the gates further out into Concourse G they don't do this practice, and the 773ER taxis by itself all the way to the gate.

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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31420 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3377 times:
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I'm guessing they did it for gate spacing issues.

User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10338 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3363 times:



Quoting RayChuang (Thread starter):
Does anyone know why this is was done? Was it done as a fuel-saving and pollution-reduction measure? Or was the spacing around Gate G91 so tight with a 773ER they decided to use a tug for easier placement of the plane into the gate parking spot?

It happens in places where the gate spacing is tight enough that they'd rather tow it in than have the pilots "drive" it in.

Example: TBIT at LAX. I believe all the gates are tow-in (except perhaps the outer 1 or 2). Some gates at American's terminal (4) are tow-in as well.



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User currently offlineMmedford From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 561 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3306 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
I'm guessing they did it for gate spacing issues.

Exactly why, it's could be a tight fit...alot cheaper to have the aircraft towed in...



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User currently offlineThebatman From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 851 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3216 times:
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They do the same thing with Iberia's A340-600 when it departs from K19 at ORD. That airplane is so long that the fit at the gate is really tight. So, rather than take chances, they stop it short and tow it the rest of the way in.


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User currently offlineN901WA From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2983 times:

I wonder if it could be because of the Jet Blast. I think 1 side of G faces UAL gates, and the 777-300 has a Big jet blast pattern. I know at sat 5 and 6 a lot of gates are tow in gates because of Jet Blast. I been Blasted by a few AA MD-80's going into Sat 4 here and its no fun.

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8037 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

I think given how tight the spacing for Gate G91 is at SFO, they used a tug because it allows for precise placement of the plane at the gate itself.

I actually found the gate selection unusual, since when SQ was flying 747-400's to SFO they usually parked the plane further out in Concourse G.


User currently offlineSpeedbird0125 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2923 times:

It always happes at TBIT at LAX.
I think it's because of narrow space around the gates.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2894 times:

Clearence issues....better to tow than taxi with engines running.
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