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jfklganyc
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Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:05 pm

I am sitting here in the A concourse in SDQ looking at 5 gates of fun and thinking...

For an av buff, is there anything cooler than a 1970s style round head house (concourse ending in a circle)?

Realistically, they are totally impractical in today’s world...but that is what makes them so special!

EWR
JFK
LAX
IAH
CLE
DCA
DTW

To name a few.

There is something incredibly cool about sitting and being encircled by 5 planes parked at their gates in a perfect formation.
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:39 pm

I don't think JFK had that since T6 was demolished. Also, don't forget LAS.
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:17 pm

evank516 wrote:
I don't think JFK had that since T6 was demolished. Also, don't forget LAS.


SAN as well, right?
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:47 pm

ATL had two large "rotundas" at the ends of two Delta terminals at the old Hartsfield terminal. The windows were at least 50 feet high, and the ceiling even higher... You could see birds flying around!
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:03 pm

IND's old terminal had rotundas at the ends of concourses B and C.

LAX still has oval rotundas at the ends of some of its terminals (the original terminals).

JFK T6 had two rotundas, and T5 (TWA Flight Center) had a guitar-shaped concourse (Flight Wing One) and the other concourse was pentagonal with two trumpets.

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Re: Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:17 pm

ANC
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:22 pm

LGW Has one at the South Terminal, it used to be connected to the main terminal but shuttle train but is now connected by an exponentially long walk way.
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:38 pm

MCI
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:57 pm

DUB T1 still uses these for most non LCC airlines. 200 gates - crudely bodged in to having separation of passengers as now expected and 300 gates - always segregated and with jetbridges.
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:11 pm

There are two at PEK T1, which is the original terminal and is used right now by HNA Group's (mainly HU) domestic flights.

NRT T1 also has 2 round headhouses, along with a diamond shaped headhouse.
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:19 pm

And now to make everyone shudder... Terminal A and Terminal B at EWR have round concourses.
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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:41 am

CDG has one. I flew out of it last year on AA and I remember thinking that it looked like a flying saucer.
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:07 am

FCO has a beautiful new terminal with a rotunda for intercontinental flights
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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:25 am

MSY's concourse D is sorta like that (six gates in a circle) and two of the concourses in the North Terminal will be similar.
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:26 am

FRA Terminal 1 - gates at Concourse B
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:35 am

I remember when Terminals A and B opened at EWR in 1973. Prior to that the old EWR terminal was real armpit. They actually used to drive baggage carts into the building. It was worse than third world. You may not like the current terminals, but they were like the Taj Mahal when compared to the old facility.
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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:44 am

zakuivcustom wrote:
There are two at PEK T1, which is the original terminal and is used right now by HNA Group's (mainly HU) domestic flights.

NRT T1 also has 2 round headhouses, along with a diamond shaped headhouse.


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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:49 am

Just at MSY this week and the end of the D concourse is still in use as a round departure area. Great spotting place while waiting for a flight.
Soon to go away with the new MSY terminal.
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:51 am

LIT has a small round circular gate area at the end of the concourse. I believe WN uses those gates.
 
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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:03 am

The SAN rotundas on Terminal 1 are terrific classics...but wow was the WN one crowded when I was there in July!

DAL's groovy late 60's-early 70's Braniff terminal had a rotunda at the end of its concourse.

MKE's Concourse E had a rotunda on the end that was clear all the way through. I only visited it in the 00's. It's not used as gate space anymore, am not sure if it is still standing. But in the 90's it must have been something to see a Northwest Orient DC-10, and DC-9's and 727's around you!

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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:13 am

the end of Concourse E at Philadelphia International Airport (Southwest Airlines gates).

quoting yonikasz (Reply # 8), "MCI."

No, MCI has circular terminals, not rotundas at the end of concourses. Not what the original poster was talking about.

quoting jfklganyc (thread starter), "they are totally impractical in today’s world..."

why do you think that? It seems to me rotundas actually provide excellent use of space by allowing multiple aircraft to congregate in a small area.

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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:26 am

Abu Dhabi Terminal 1.....
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Re: Round Headhouses

Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:19 am

Fiend wrote:
Abu Dhabi Terminal 1.....
alggag wrote:
CDG has one. I flew out of it last year on AA and I remember thinking that it looked like a flying saucer.


The flying saucers of AUH, terminal 1.

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