Airport To First Install Aerobridges?

Thu Apr 04, 2002 8:36 pm


What is the first airport to have aerobridges installed?
I assume it would've been one of the major international airports, but does anyone know? And how different are the bridges of say the 1960s to the bridges of today?

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RE: Airport To First Install Aerobridges?

Thu Apr 04, 2002 9:45 pm

We had a pretty interesting discussion about two and a half weeks ago regarding this topic. The answer to your questions can be found here:


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RE: Airport To First Install Aerobridges?

Thu Apr 04, 2002 11:08 pm

And we have still no answer to the question: which European airport was the first to use it? Any ideas? I`m sure WAW wasn`t the first as the jetways were installed there in 1992  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Airport To First Install Aerobridges?

Fri Apr 05, 2002 4:11 am

It was the United terminal in San Francisco.
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RE: Airport To First Install Aerobridges?

Fri Apr 05, 2002 4:58 am

As far as Europe is concerned, AMS must certainly one of the first.
The first one was installed in 1961. In 1967 the central terminal was opened with 25 gates, each equiped with one aerobridge.

Which airport in was the first in the world to introduce over-the-wing type of aerobridge?
It could very well be AMS which had its first one installed in 1970. Basically this is a dual aerobridge in one single gate. The front bridge serves the front door; the second bridge hangs over the wing and can reach the very last door of a DC10/M11, or on a 747/744 the door directly behind the wing. This provides a great deal of flexibility for loading/unloading/servicing the wide-bodies.

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In the background you can clearly see the supporting structure for the rear bridge.

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RE: Airport To First Install Aerobridges?

Fri Apr 05, 2002 5:14 am

Chicago ORD, late 1958, I remember reading about in Airways magazine too.

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