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Amsterdam Jetways

Thu Jun 20, 2002 1:46 pm

I was looking through some photos and I was wondering why at AMS do some of the jetways go over the wings? Does loading from the rear reduce boarding time? Do any other airports have this?

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RE: Amsterdam Jetways

Thu Jun 20, 2002 3:22 pm

This type was/is also used at JFK. It´s been quite some time since I travelled through JFK so I am not sure if they are still in use.
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This type reduces boarding time significantly as not every single passenger need to go through the whole aircraft. However it seems that most other airports have chosen not to use this type so there might be some disadvantages that I am not aware of!? Anyone out there with info on this?
 
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RE: Amsterdam Jetways

Thu Jun 20, 2002 3:54 pm

These jetways were designed specifically for 747s. They happen to work also with MD-11s (either they were modified or it was a lucky coincidence) but building special jetways for a single aircraft type is expensive.
Unless you get a lot of them and can dedicate several gates to just that type, it's not a viable option.
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RE: Amsterdam Jetways

Fri Jun 21, 2002 5:15 am

These Jetways are really cool!!
The over-the-wing jetway is able to reach the Nr.4 door on a 747 [the door BEHIND the wing!]. On the MD11 it can even reach the very last door. KLM uses them all the time. It gives them greater flexibilty in loading and unloading since they have now two jetways connected to the aircraft that are separated for quite some distance. Not as in many airport were there are two jetways connected to the two front doors on a 747.

Many airlines [for some reason especially US airlines] don't like these over-the-wing dual jetways, since they are affraid that they might damage the wing. Dont know if this has ever happened?
Anyway, KLM does love them and Schiphol AMS has about 18 of them, many of them being used by KLM and partners.

Besides AMS and JFK, I don't think any airports have them. Don't have a cleu why. but I guess when the A380 is in regular service that we will see more of these type structures. Maybe some jetways reaching 2nd floor will be developed.

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RE: Amsterdam Jetways

Fri Jun 21, 2002 5:40 am

These jetways are great, but only work with one kind of aircraft. When I flew KLM into AMS on a 747, I disembarked through the rear jetway, and it cut the time in half.

Several airports operate another type of dual jetway, where one goes to the front door for premium pax, and the other goes to the rear door. They have these at CDG, ZRH, and a few other places.
 
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RE: Amsterdam Jetways

Fri Jun 21, 2002 6:39 am

Cba

These dual jetways do work with several type of aircraft, at least at AMS. Their use is not limited to one type. At AMS typically KLM would be using gate X [equiped with over-the-wing jetway] in the morning push for 743 and 744 [both full pax and combis], the midday push could see the same gate being used for MD11 and the afternoon push could see an 767 at the very same gate. However, the 767 won't be using the over-the-wing jetway, only the front one. Take a good look at the second pic in the original post. The US Air 767 is parked at dual jetway gate, but the over-the-wing jetway is not connected, it is just hanging over the wing in its most elevated position. The front is connected though, as can be seen clearly.

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RE: Amsterdam Jetways

Fri Jun 21, 2002 6:47 am

These jetways were used at JFK's IAB, they were recently torn down since Terminal 4 (which replaces the old IAB) has opened.

Speaking of cool jetways, gotta love AA's old LGA "GLASS" jetways.


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