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Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 1:11 am

Does anyone know if there are plans to use upper and lower jetways to load the A380 at any airport. It is not too big a deal with the 747 as there are not many seats on the upper level, the internal stairs are used but what about the A380 full length, wide body upper level? Would it not be better to load it separately? I can see congestion and confusion around the internal stairs if the aircraft is loaded through one door only. Another thing, in the event of an evacuation, if the aircraft is still upright and sitting on the gear normally, it's going to look a bit intimidating when it comes to jumping onto the escape slide, will not passengers be tempted to go downstairs first causing more confusion? I have stood at the upper deck door of a 747 while it was open in a hanger and it's a loooong way down!

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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 2:06 am

Does anyone know if there are plans to use upper and lower jetways to load the A380 at any airport.
There are indeed plans to do this. Can't remember at which airports though.
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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 2:07 am

Would current jetways be capable of going "up" to the upper deck doors? Most likely not. It would be a pretty steep hike up that jetway though! Either way it is going to take "FOREVER!" to deplane and enplane an A380.
 
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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 2:25 am

Would current jetways be capable of going "up" to the upper deck doors? Most likely not. It would be a pretty steep hike up that jetway though! Either way it is going to take "FOREVER!" to deplane and enplane an A380

With two jetways the time is quite acceptable.
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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 2:33 am

It would be a pretty steep hike up that jetway though

If some thing like a 2nd level jetway was to come about, it would probably be from a building that had upper level adjacent to the upper deck.
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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 2:37 am

LHR's T5 is being designed with the A380 in mind and will have airbridges to board unload pax using both lower and upper deck doors.
 
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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 11:38 am

At least I now know what the opposite of "deplane" is. We don't use that word in Australian English! "Exit" or "alight" works just fine for us!
 
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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 12:34 pm

Would current jetways be capable of going "up" to the upper deck doors?Most likely not

Of coarse it will and It depends on how the airports correctly modify the jetways I guess.

It would be a pretty steep hike up that jetway though! Either way it is going to take "FOREVER!" to deplane and enplane an A380

Airbus had to build the A380 to be evacuated under 90 seconds. If they didn't, they would have to go back to square one(Which they haven't) to either make more exits or use a new technique for the evacuation. If it was going to take for ever to deplane the A380 they would be facing FAA problems therefore going back to square one, Which they haven't  Smile
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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 12:40 pm

Each airport that will have an A380 service will have two air bridges. One for the bottom passengers and one for the upper passengers. AKL is having two gates built, in the terminal extension which will begin soon, to handle the A380.
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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 12:41 pm

AnsettB727:

"We don't use that word in Australian English..."

I wouldn't be so sure about that. There was a time when Qantas used both "deplane" and "enplane".

They also used "embark" but instead of disembark they used "debark". Yikes.

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Sun Sep 26, 2004 1:48 pm

I prefer the word "disembark"
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2004 2:50 pm

Airbus had to build the A380 to be evacuated under 90 seconds.

This comment reflects the usual wishful thinking associated with the A380 "fan club"...don't worry, the designers and engineers have anticipated everything and got it all covered. Alfred E. Newman always says: "What, me worry?"

Passengers "evacuating" an aircraft don't leave with one carry-on, one personal item (often as large as, or almost as large as the carry-on), and other miscellaneous items going down stairways.

There's no doubt that the A380 will cause major problems and dislocations in terms of passenger traffic flow at the various airports it serves at EIS, just as the 747 did. It will take decades for airports to optimize the passenger traffic flow with multi-level gate areas with escalators, etc. Until then, passengers seated on the upper level of the A380 can look forward to walking up and down stairs either on the aircraft itself, or in gate areas jerry-rigged with jetways to serve the upper level.

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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 4:31 pm

"There's no doubt that the A380 will cause major problems and dislocations in terms of passenger traffic flow at the various airports it serves at EIS, just as the 747 did."

And the A380 will cause the airports to solve the problems 'just as the 747 did'. And who knows, doing so might improve matters for passengers of smaller jets!

The A380 is a smaller jump in size over the 747 than the 747 was over its contemporaries. The problem is mainly one of degree. The obvious answer is to consider the upper and lower deck passengers separately - with two floor terminals - and then you basically have the same problem as two aircraft arriving simultaneously.

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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Sun Sep 26, 2004 4:51 pm

Deplaning on the A380 would not seem to be a problem. However, I can envision its boarding process to be a logistical nightmare... with the seperation of status and non-status passengers (including pre-boarding F and C passengers), passengers with children, disabled flyers as well as the proverbial late-comers.

All I can say is good luck to the gate agents working those flights.
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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Mon Sep 27, 2004 5:34 am

If there will be double airbridges, passengers might be boarded from two different gates one above the other, in two different floors of the terminal, according to the deck they are scheduled to fly. It should be nothing different than boarding two 767s simultaneously! Of course, I have no idea about how these airbridges will work, this is just my own opinion!

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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Mon Sep 27, 2004 5:54 am

Don't you think they've figured it all out and sorted it with the operators and airports? These things were solved years ago.

There will be glitches in the beginning, but the problem is not really insurmountable. Quite easy to simulate and model.
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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Thu Sep 30, 2004 8:51 am

This comment reflects the usual wishful thinking associated with the A380 "fan club"...don't worry, the designers and engineers have anticipated everything and got it all covered.

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RE: Boarding And Exiting The A380

Thu Sep 30, 2004 3:18 pm

Well, where will they put them at LAX?

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