I was at T4
today working alongside the two Qantas flights. The above photos show gates 41, 43, and 45. It looks tight, but it really isn't. Today, there was VH
-OJS and VH
-OEH and they had about 10-15 feet between wingtips. Gates 41 and 43 have indentations in the terminal walls that help support the 744, so the nose is close to kissing the T4
uses these two gates for their AA
codeshare flights, AA
also uses them for their international flights, as if that's where all of the flights requiring customs will go. Daily, there will be 2 QF
744s sitting at 41 and 43, and then at 2pm and 4pm, respectively, two 777s fill those gates. Today's AA
777s were both from LHR
as AA137 (ship 7BS) and AA135 (ship 7BH). What this has done, is freeing up the gates at the crown of the terminal, such as gates 49A, 48A, 48B, 47B, and 47A and allowed many east coast flights to occupy them. As AA
has downgraded many of their east coast flights to 738s, that's pretty much all you will see during the day, with the exception of an MD83 or 752 sitting there.
Last thing, is that the TBIT is nothing but glad to get rid of flights to other terminals. With only 10 gates, the TBIT can get very tight at times. But with AF
moving to T5
codeshares moving to T4
, there has been a little bit of breathing room. Also, room has been made for things like the SQ
A345, China Eastern A346 and the Air India 744.
My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.