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Qantas 330 And Dual Airbridge Boarding

Thu Dec 19, 2002 5:03 pm

The Sydney Morning Herald publishes:

"Qantas will be using two airbridges - one at the front and one at the rear of the aircraft - to make sure the larger passenger numbers do not slow boarding times."

Interesting... but at which airports will these be fitted? I assume Sydney for one... Qantas doesn't even offer dual bridge boarding for international flights from Australian airports that I know of. A sign of things to come?
 
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RE: Qantas 330 And Dual Airbridge Boarding

Thu Dec 19, 2002 5:08 pm

The QF press release said they'd be installing them at Sydney and Melbourne.

But front and rear? Don't most people use doors 1 and 2?

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RE: Qantas 330 And Dual Airbridge Boarding

Thu Dec 19, 2002 5:25 pm

They are installed at gate 10 (SYD) and gate 23 (MEL). VH-EBA was parked on gate 10 for cabin services trials using doors L1 and L2.
 
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RE: Qantas 330 And Dual Airbridge Boarding

Thu Dec 19, 2002 5:28 pm

I have read a book somewhere sometime ago showing how major US airports connected the airbridges to the B707s. They offered two distinct boarding gates for one single aircraft; the first airbridge connected to door 1 and the second gate connected to the rear cabin door. As a result, the plane was parallel to the passenger terminal. It was my first time to see airplanes park that way.

But I'm worrying that if this kind of boarding procedure will cause passenger weighs to distribute unevenly? Will the tail slide down if passengers in the back embark faster than those in the front?
 
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RE: Qantas 330 And Dual Airbridge Boarding

Thu Dec 19, 2002 6:04 pm

It's not uncommon for forward and rear doors to be used for boarding using stairs:

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The use of aerobridges has changed to use nose in parking as space is at a premium. Those that use two doors generally use doors L1 and L2
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Amsterdam Schiphol is an exception, their aerobridge can reach doors 4 on a 747!
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RE: Qantas 330 And Dual Airbridge Boarding

Thu Dec 19, 2002 10:58 pm

They had the same type like Amsterdam at the old IAB in JFK. But I never saw them in use.

Southwest is also trying to speed up the boarding by using a 2nd Jetway at the back of the aircraft. I don't know at which airports they have them or if they only tried out a prototyp.
 
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RE: Qantas 330 And Dual Airbridge Boarding

Thu Dec 19, 2002 11:20 pm

The information that I have is that BNE, SYD, MEL and PEr will receive the dual aerobridges. Door 1L will be used for J and forward Y self-loading cargo (SLC) whilst rear-cabin SLC will use door 2L.

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RE: Qantas 330 And Dual Airbridge Boarding

Fri Dec 20, 2002 12:37 am

I have boarded a KLM 743 @ AMS through door 4 via a jetway. Up over the wing and back down again, great fun! Speeds up the boarding process by distributing the entry flow of passengers more effectively, but surely quite expensive to install...
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
 
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RE: Qantas 330 And Dual Airbridge Boarding

Fri Dec 20, 2002 7:29 am

So AMS uses front door and back door boarding? For example how does a CX A340-300 park at AMS?

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