uclax
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Elevating Jetways At BA Term At JFK

Sun Jul 11, 2004 1:30 pm

Hello,
I recall seeing pictures of Terminal 7 prior to its renovation in the early 90s and seeing that the terminal end of the jetways could be raised or lowered for departing or arriving passengers, respectively, a rather unusual design. I was there last year and found that most are now traditional jetways that only rise and lower at the aircraft end, to accommodate aircraft height. Are there any gates that still use the original system of lowering the jetway at the terminal building to get arriving passengers to passport control and raising it again to allow passengers to board the aircraft from the departures level?
Thanks!
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airfrancejfk
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RE: Elevating Jetways At BA Term At JFK

Sun Jul 11, 2004 3:17 pm

Gate 7, Terminal 1 JFK airport, lowers and raises for arrivals and departures.
 
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RE: Elevating Jetways At BA Term At JFK

Mon Jul 12, 2004 1:24 am

Don't most gates in (modern)international terminals just have two levels now? One level leads to the departure concourses and the other to the level below departures w/customs etc?
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Mir
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RE: Elevating Jetways At BA Term At JFK

Mon Jul 12, 2004 5:03 am

All of Terminal 7's international gates do this, I think. I know that Terminal 1's do. You can't really tell though as you're walking through it.

Don't most gates in (modern)international terminals just have two levels now? One level leads to the departure concourses and the other to the level below departures w/customs etc?

Many (but most goes too far) do that, yes. Though, the situation at Terminal 7 and Terminal 1 is not the norm. Most often, there will be two corridors to the jetbridge, one that comes from the departures level and one that goes to arrivals, and the actual jetbridge itself remains the same whether arriving or departing. Or some variation on that, like in Terminal 4 at JFK, where you have a spiral ramp going down from the departures level to the jetbridge, which is at the arrivals level.


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A photo of Terminal 7, and on the right side you can see two gates which can go to either departures or arrivals. Right now they are in departures mode - the connector for the arrivals mode is visible underneath. I'm not sure how many gates at Terminal 7 do this, but I'm pretty sure the low number gates (up to about 5) do it.

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rjpieces
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RE: Elevating Jetways At BA Term At JFK

Mon Jul 12, 2004 5:12 am

Thanks for the info!  Smile That's really cool (T1 and T7). Is it easy to move the gates from departure level to arrival level? I assume they can move it while a plane is docked?
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uclax
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RE: Elevating Jetways At BA Term At JFK

Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:24 am

Thanks for the info and the well-chosen pictures! With the renovation, it's less apparent from the outside that some in Terminal 7 do still rise and lower, and the gentle descent angle of the jetway explains why there isn't much of a descent by ramp when you do enter the terminal building from the jetway when arriving on international flights.
Thanks again,
Bill

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Cory6188
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RE: Elevating Jetways At BA Term At JFK

Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:45 am

At EWR, in CO's C-3 concourse where all of the international flights arrive, there is only one traditional jetway at each gate. For departing pax, it is the same as any other gate. However, for international arriving pax, the terminal area is roped off and pax are forced to go up an escalator or elevator to a glass walkway above the concourse that leads to customs and immigration. A smart design, in my opinion.
 
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RE: Elevating Jetways At BA Term At JFK

Mon Jul 12, 2004 8:47 am

Sorry to ruin all of your fun, but I have never heard of multi-level jetways, especially at JFK.

T1 and T7 just have standard jetways and at the end there is a split (corridor), where one ramp goes up to the terminal, while the other goes down to customs.

Rubbish...rubbish....

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jayhup
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RE: Elevating Jetways At BA Term At JFK

Mon Jul 12, 2004 9:15 am

I can GUARUNTEE that the multi level bridges exist at T7.

Would you like to hear my story about the morning I meet the 001 (Concorde 001 to be exact) and forgot to lower the bridge so the pax could go to customs?

JH

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