electraBob
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Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 7:40 am

Remember the old mobile lounges -- those big people mover type vehicles that would transport passengers from the gate to aircraft parked in remote areas of an airport and also from arriving aircraft to the gate? I had to ride one of these lounges from the gate to our Eastern Air Lines aircraft which, along with other EAL aircraft, was parked some distance away. This was at the old Atlanta airport -- the current midfield complex was still under construction.

Other than Atlanta, the only other time I have seen these lounges in use was at Washington Dulles International Airport. Can anyone tell me what other airports have used these vehicles?

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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 7:42 am

Lambert-St. Louis used to have them operating from the D concourse to the C concourse in the TWA hub days before there was a central security checkpoint. The current Admirals Club (the former large Ambassadors Club) was outside of security (actually at STL the windows you look out while going from C to B is where the club used to be). The mobile lounge traveled the short distance between C and D to enable one to make connections inside of security.

There used to be something similar between TWA's terminals at JFK.
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 8:00 am

YMX (Montreal Mirabel) also uses people-mover type mobile lounges.



 
PVD757
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 8:07 am

I have seen these in both JFK and PHL in the last few years. I'm not sure about JFK anymore, but I think PHL stopped using them when the international terminal expansion was opened.
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 8:51 am

Dulles (IAD) was one of the first airports to use the mobile lounges as part of Saarinen's design of the terminal building. The thought was that it would reduce walking distances, instead letting passengers ride and board the plane without having to walk long distances to a remote concourse. The problem was passengers hated them. They were cramped when full, and if you miss the bus, you more than likely miss the flight.

The only other airport not mentioned above that also uses them is Jeddah. It was an interesting idea. Too bad it didn't catch on.
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 8:56 am

They still have several mobile lounges @ ATL; they are used whenever they have to get pax from a plane that has had to do an evac or has broken down on the runway or taxiway.
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 9:38 am

I used once in 1990 at BWI. AC used to use a couple of them at YYZ.
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 9:42 am

Jeddah King Abdulaziz Int'l (JED) in Saudi Arabia was either the 1st or 2nd airport in the world to use mobile lounges.

They used them until they broke down a few years ago and now they are using regular buses until the new terminal expansion with jetways is completed.

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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 9:57 am

The original Frontier had to use them at Stapleton's Concourse D. I remember working a few of those flights.

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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 12:54 pm

I can remember taking that mobile lounge to the PAN AM A310 to LAX from IAD... Ahhh the good ole days, LOL....
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 12:55 pm

OOOPS, should reverse that pairing, from IAD to LAX, LOL... Was a long day..
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 12:58 pm

PHL did use them for international flights, it was not uncommon to see 2 or 3 US A330's or 767's parked at a remote stand to the west of A-East, with mobile lounge service...however since the opening of the new terminal I havent seen them...

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ObiThomas
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 2:01 pm

IAD still uses them, just not to the planes themselves. To get from the main building to Midfield Terminal, you ride these vehicles.

In general, I'm not a big fan of jetwalks and actually preferred it when IAD used mobile lounges that came up to the plane. Instead of trying to empty a 747-400 through one door, you had several doors open and you could quickly disembark. Nowadays, it can take 15 minutes to get out of a 747 through the one measly door they roll the jetwalk to. Plus the flight attendants are trying to run interference so that first class gets out first and business class next. Not to mention the people coming down the stairs from the upper deck.

When the A380 comes out, are they still going to use one jetwalk? Getting out of the plane may take longer than the flight, if so.
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 2:28 pm

They still use them at IAD to get between terminals and most international arrivals. All the international flts into the new midfield terminal use the jetway to disembark then you board the mobile lounge which then takes you to the customs facilty in the main terminal. I think the only departures that take them directly to the a/c are Taca and Saudi. Just about every other airline has a gate.
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 2:56 pm

I believe Guadalajara also uses them. They are properly known as Plane-Mates. See the newest model, the Plane-Mate 2150 at:

http://www.accessairsystems.com/planemate02.html
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 2:56 pm

DL uses them at JFK.

Two were parked forever at Newark, but within the last year they have disappeared?...
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 3:07 pm

MEX has them.

ACA had them during the 70's.
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 6:09 pm

When I went to MEX about six years ago I had to use one.

Also, in Dulles last year, all of the international flights seemed to use the mobile lounges-whether on a gate or not.

I was flying with BA, flight 225 I think and we pulled up at the gate. Three mobile lounges pulled up to each usable door and then took us to customs.

I really liked them. They reduced walking significantly. I literally had to step of the aircraft onto the lounge, and then from the lounge into customs and that was it!
 
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RE: Which Airports Have Used "mobile Lounges"...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 7:33 pm

TWA used them in JFK between TWA International Terminal (later Terminal 5) and TWA`s Domestic Terminal (later Terminal 6). This Mobile Lounge was for the Domestic Passengers connecting to TWA`s many flights to Europe. I still remember flying them 1995 and both terminals were crowed and full of people heading to Frankfurt, Paris, Tel Aviv, Rome, Los Angeles, San Francisco......

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