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Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:26 pm

I cannot remember seeing a commercial airliner being boarded from the right. I have seen many pictures or traveled many times and all the boardings were done at the left of the aircraft. Is there a particular reason for this? Maybe it has to do with logistics involved in loading cargo and baggage on the right, or airport design?
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:31 pm

Just a guess.. but could it have anything to do with galley placement?
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:34 pm

Because all the service trucks are then on he right..... (as the cargo bay doors are there)
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:37 pm

I guess it is a combination of logistics and tradition .

Logistically of course it is easier if the loading of freight is not in the way of the loading of pax - so it makes sense to do one from the left and one from the right - but why the left for pax .....

....Don't forget a lot of the industry started with flying boats and a lot of nautical traditions were carried on ( you just have to look at the uniforms for most flight crew - not to mention the fact that the man or woman in charge is called 'captain' !)

Back when ships used to have a @#$ing great steering oar ie steerboard ie 'starboard' on the right hand side it was sensible for ships to dock with the left side towards the port for loading and unloading ( another old name for 'port' was 'larboard') If they docked the wrong way around not only would the 'starboard' get in the way - but it was vulnerable to damage. I have no idea when rudders replaced steering boards but the terminology stuck - and so did the habit .
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:40 pm

All Servicing is done on the Right side.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:43 pm

We had one gate at the JFK, TWA international terminal that boarded widebodies on the right side. Strange to walk onto a 1011 or a 747 from the R1 door.,
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:59 pm

because if you borded from the right the aircraft would have to reverse on to the gate  Big grin
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 12:26 am

The above are good answers  Smile

But most likely because the door thats open is on the left  Silly
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 12:31 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 4):
All Servicing is done on the Right side.

Not necessarily true. The aft lav panel on the 727 is on the L/H side below the #1 engine.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 1:14 am

There have been several times when I have boarded from the rear...MD-80's, DC-9's...727's...Those were the days and the funnest way to board,
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 1:18 am

Quoting 767-332ER (Reply 9):
There have been several times when I have boarded from the rear...MD-80's, DC-9's...727's...Those were the days and the funnest way to board,

Yeah, I remember that too, but I always felt like a suppository going up the rear end!
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 1:21 am

If I'm not mistaken - Concourse B at Denver's old Stapleton airport used to have one or two gates that boarded from the right. It was United's concourse and they used to park DC-10's at these gates.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 1:37 am

Anybody have any pics of right side boarding--I've seen a couple in the past, they've been pics of widebodies and Tridents. Sidenote--was it SFO that use to board the DC8s with two jetways-1st L door and one to the last L door?
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 1:42 am

isn't it because the captain sits in the left hand seat and he is responsible for the ground movements? it's easier for him to see the jetways.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 1:48 am

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/166033/L/

This photo shows the TWA JFK terminal at night. In the middle of the photo there is a 747 parked between the "tubes" that has a jetway pulled up to the right side for boarding. Also the first jetway on the right tube swung to the left and was used for boarding on the right side of the aircraft. I love those lighted tails, do any US airlines still do that?

[Edited 2005-11-04 17:56:53]
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 1:53 am

Quoting ToTheStars (Reply 5):
We had one gate at the JFK, TWA international terminal that boarded widebodies on the right side. Strange to walk onto a 1011 or a 747 from the R1 door.,

Are you referring to the one in T-6 (old National terminal)?? I passed thru that jetway several times on L1011's from JFK-STL. The aircraft was parked so close to the terminal it looked as if there was only 10 feet of clearance between the nose of the aircraft and the windows of the terminal. Very short jetway walk.

I always thought the set-up was rather strange...
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:05 am

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 3):
Back when ships used to have a @#$ing great steering oar ie steerboard ie 'starboard' on the right hand side it was sensible for ships to dock with the left side towards the port for loading and unloading ( another old name for 'port' was 'larboard') If they docked the wrong way around not only would the 'starboard' get in the way - but it was vulnerable to damage. I have no idea when rudders replaced steering boards but the terminology stuck - and so did the habit .

The above is the best definition so far, and the most likely! The subject has been discussed here before, so if you're interested, try a search, and include the 'archives'!

Have you ever noticed how John Wayne, Steve McQueen, and all their cowboy cohorts, actually mount a horse from the left side, too!
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:11 am

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 3):
....Don't forget a lot of the industry started with flying boats and a lot of nautical traditions were carried on

That's exactly the reason- Bill Boeing in fact just arbitrarily put the main boarding stairs on that side because typically boats docked at a pier would board via the port or left side. The first air mail planes were open cockpit biplanes, hence no specific side to board from per se, but once fuselages became enclosed, the door was most easily accessible from the rear closest to the ground.

The Boeing B-80, I believe, was the first enclosed fuselage passenger aircraft (correct me if I'm wrong here, please) and the baording was done via the rear left. Fokker continued this with the next generation of tail-dragger passenger airplanes.

Just became standard convention for building commerical passenger aircraft after that and was solidified and codified when airport engineering came to prominence and jetways, support equipment, etc, needed designing.

With the rare exceptions above, that became the norm. L1.

Someone please correct me factually if I misspoke here, but I believe that to be the case.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:17 am

Well I think it's mainly because the galley is placed on the right, don't want all the passengers walking through the galley; seems to be the most obvious answer to me.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:18 am

This question is like why the U.S. and a large part of the world drives on the right and the U.K. and some other nations drive on the left.

My take is that back in 1903-1910 the pilots were mostly right handed (as now). So they sat on the left, because of working the throttles, etc. Then, when the planes got bigger, the early passenger doors were on the left as well so they could be in sight of the pilot, he could oversee the activity, and vice versa. As time goes on it becomes the etched in stone way of building the entire industry architecture without questioning any of it.

Pilots are on the left, yet railroad locomotive engineers are mostly on the right. There is speculation that the engineer being on the right was because the firemen (who had to shovel tons of coal into the boiler box were right handed and it made their position in the locomotive most logical for both.

Now if airplanes were coal powered, that might make the flight deck different. Huh?
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:22 am

It is tradition.
That tradition began when passenger aircraft were first created from old military twins.

Pilots would start the right engine first (they could see the left one, but had to gauge the working of the right by ear), and often keep it running on the ground (no APUs and stuff back then).

That made the right side of the aircraft a dangerous place to walk around, so passengers were boarded from the left.

As dedicated aircraft became available this was continued.
Then came APUs and stuff and engine instruments and it was no longer needed, but all procedures and airport layouts were made to board from the left only and so it continues to this day.

There was actually talk of having the A380 (and I believe the 747 as well when that was planned) board from 2 jetways, one on either side of the aircraft, simulataneously.
This was never implemented yet.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:26 am

Quoting Jcavinato (Reply 19):
This question is like why the U.S. and a large part of the world drives on the right and the U.K. and some other nations drive on the left.

Well, you state that the US and a "large part of the world" drives on the left and you make it sound like a few drive on the right. Hmmmmm, China, Australia, England (UK), Japan, Taiwan, South Africa, India and a few countries I'm forgetting. That's over half of the world's population that drives on the "wrong" side, as Americans would like to believe.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:34 am

FLY2LIM, I stated it that way in terms of the number of automobiles and trucks in the world that are configured and operating for right versus left driving. There are 800 milllion cars and 120 million trucks in the world right now. Western Europe, North and South America were the majority this way, and I'm sure this might change with China and India middle classes rising as they are. I'm well aware of the other countries: in addition to our residence and citizenship being U.S., we have second and third homes in the U.K. and South Africa with a car at each. We conditioned our children at early ages not to say, "driving on the wrong side of the road."
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:52 am

Quoting Miamiair (Reply 8):
Not necessarily true. The aft lav panel on the 727 is on the L/H side below the #1 engine.

Ummm..thats because the lav panel is below the engine when the cargo bin door is on the right side....this is too speed the process up, not to mention you would have to move the beltloader away to get a lav truck in if everything was on the right side. Flights would take forever to get turned.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 2:54 am

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 3):
....Don't forget a lot of the industry started with flying boats and a lot of nautical traditions were carried on

Of all the history books I've read on the beginning of commercial aviation in the U.S., the common thread has been the "nautical traditions" referred to by Kiwiandrew. I've seen old pics of the cabins, and it seemed like they did EVERYTHING up as if on ships - one can almost feel the seagoing sensation.

My question is this: Why so many "flying boats" to begin with? Wouldn't it have been easier to use land-based aircraft? That's the one thing I seem to have forgotten from those aforementioned history books. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:30 am

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 18):
Well I think it's mainly because the galley is placed on the right, don't want all the passengers walking through the galley; seems to be the most obvious answer to me.

Also, on a lot of MD80s, R1 isn't a full size door, not as large as L1 is.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:48 am

Quoting Usaafb17fan (Reply 24):
My question is this: Why so many "flying boats" to begin with? Wouldn't it have been easier to use land-based aircraft? That's the one thing I seem to have forgotten from those aforementioned history books. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

No, it wouldn't have been easier.

If it would have been easier, they would have done it.

There was little infrastructure for airplanes, and flying boats didn't require infrastructure. They could take off on unlimited runways, could be large in size, etc.

It was only after WW2 that land based AC became more popular because of the left over infrastructure around the world from the war of large airfields.

It has not been forgotten in the history books at all. You can read about it or watch documentaries explaining it if you bother to try...  Wink
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 3:54 am

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 20):
This question is like why the U.S. and a large part of the world drives on the right and the U.K. and some other nations drive on the left.

The reason why driving on the left side of the road is the right side Big grin, is because in the Middle Ages when there were knights on horses, most were right handed and when you passed another knight on the paths, you passed him with your sword drawn towards him, thus they ended up 'driving' on the left.

A few airlines (AC and IB come to mind) have their refuel couplings (as does the A380) on both wings and can refuel from either side.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:36 am

A319XFW, thanks for this explanation. It has always bugged me. But, then why did the U.K. adopt one side and France and the rest of Europe (except Sweden until the 1960s) the other side.

Also, with the American colonies splitting off from Britain, why did they over one hundred years later adopt right side driving?

This has been an enduring quest of mine for a long time. My wife doesn't understand it, though.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 4:53 am

Because Napolean decided to p**s off the British because he couldn't conquer them and changed it to the right  

[Edited 2005-11-04 20:53:47]
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 5:09 am

Quoting Carduelis (Reply 16):
Have you ever noticed how John Wayne, Steve McQueen, and all their cowboy cohorts, actually mount a horse from the left side, too!

In English and Western riding styles horses are only trained to accept riders mounting from the left. In Arabic style, one can mount from either side as the horses are so trained. I haven't ridden Chinese style, so I'm not sure there. The reason why mounting a horse developed from the left side is that a right-handed man wears a sword on the left side, which would make mounting from the right side difficult and dangerous.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 5:21 am

Off-topic to planes but vehicles in China drive on the right. Hong Kong is the exception where they drive on the left.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 5:36 am

Wow I'm amazed..... never heard a question like that.
How about why do we breathe ? Why do planes fly..... ?
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 5:38 am

I like to know why airports like DTW have double jetways at some points and don't use them. I flew DTW-AMS on an A330-300 and they didn't use both jetways.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 5:42 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 10):
Quoting 767-332ER (Reply 9):
There have been several times when I have boarded from the rear...MD-80's, DC-9's...727's...Those were the days and the funnest way to board,

Yeah, I remember that too, but I always felt like a suppository going up the rear end!

 rotfl 

In some instances, before the use of jetways, weren't there scenarios where the enplaning passengers would enter the usual left front door while deplaning passengers would exit through the rear? I could've sworn I saw some vintage photos that depicted that.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 5:56 am

To answer Indy's question about why an airport would not utilize double jetways if they had them...my guess would be money and labor. In order to have the ability to do that, you would need double the gate staff in order to board from both doors, dock the jetways, disconnect the jetways, etc. As nice as it is sometimes, I guess that it's not always possible.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 6:23 am

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 18):
Well I think it's mainly because the galley is placed on the right, don't want all the passengers walking through the galley; seems to be the most obvious answer to me.

yes , but then you get into the whole chicken/egg argument

do we board on the left because the galley is on the right ? or has the galley been put on the right because we board on the left ?
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 6:34 am

At the rear of the planes, the service trucks use the left hand side, though. I guess people are mainly referring to service at the front of the plane where the galley is on the right.

Another good question is: Why do 757s (and 747s, 763s, A321/330/340, etc) board from 2L most of the time? Once I deplaned from a 757 from 1L.

Also, I think I've seen pics of planes at European airports with the jetways on the right.

[Edited 2005-11-04 22:36:43]
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 6:39 am

Quoting FLY2LIM (Reply 21):
Well, you state that the US and a "large part of the world" drives on the left and you make it sound like a few drive on the right. Hmmmmm, China, Australia, England (UK), Japan, Taiwan, South Africa, India and a few countries I'm forgetting. That's over half of the world's population that drives on the "wrong" side, as Americans would like to believe.
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sorry - I believe China and Taiwan both changed to the right in 1946 .

According to an article I read recently driving on the left is still going in countries covering approx 17% of the land area and approx 32% of the worlds population - I am going totally off topic but it is interesting how recent a lot of the changes are - in Canada for example BC changed partly in 1920 and the rest in 1922 - NB in 1922 , NS '23 PEI '24 - Newfoundland ( please no 'newfie' jokes ) was the last to change in 1947 prior to becoming part of Canada - a lot of Europe changed during the Napoleonic era - with other parts happening under German rule in the 30's/40's. Sweden didn't change until 1967 and a lot of other countries changed in the '60s ( Belize , Cameroon , Ethiopia , Bahrain , Iceland ) and the '70s ( Burma , Sierra Leone , Nigeria , Sudan , Ghana , South Yemen ) . Not surprisingly most of the remaining leftie countries are Island nations who don't have to deal with road border crossings ! Though there are exceptions - I believe India , Pakistan and Bangladesh all still drive on the left . Possibly the most bizarre was Austria - I am told that the Western half which was invaded by Napoleon changed to the right - but the Eastern half remained left until the 1938 Anschluss . The only place I can find which changed from left to right and then back is the Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas which changed to the right in 1982 under the brief period of Argentinian rule .
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 6:47 am

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 30):
In English and Western riding styles horses are only trained to accept riders mounting from the left. In Arabic style, one can mount from either side as the horses are so trained. I haven't ridden Chinese style, so I'm not sure there. The reason why mounting a horse developed from the left side is that a right-handed man wears a sword on the left side, which would make mounting from the right side difficult and dangerous.

I read in a magazine about this, and that's the answer. It seems like this tradition comes back from mounting horses. As Zvezda says, horses were mounted from the left, so when aviation came they continued to board from the left. That's at least what I read.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 7:08 am

Quoting FlyBoy84 (Reply 37):
Another good question is: Why do 757s (and 747s, 763s, A321/330/340, etc) board from 2L most of the time?

Most likely so first class can be seated first and then served before taxiing out without being hampered by cattle class pax boarding. On all my 757 and 777 flights, boarding has been carried out this way. On the 767s with only 1 forward door, however, such service cannot occur, or if it does (I can't remember), it is not as efficient as if the plane was loaded from 2L.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 7:58 am

I remember boarding on the right side of Eastern L1011's at JFK.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 8:01 am

Don't think this has been mentioned, but all of American Airlines' DC-3s and Convair 240s had passenger doors on the right. That is simply how they wanted it, and the manufacturers accommodated the request. That was the end of it though, as all subsequent equipment types were standardized to the majority way of designing airplanes. Pictures are in the database.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 8:12 am

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 18):
Well I think it's mainly because the galley is placed on the right, don't want all the passengers walking through the galley; seems to be the most obvious answer to me.



Quoting 777STL (Reply 25):
Also, on a lot of MD80s, R1 isn't a full size door, not as large as L1 is.



Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 36):
yes , but then you get into the whole chicken/egg argument

do we board on the left because the galley is on the right ? or has the galley been put on the right because we board on the left ?

Bingo! Aircraft developed around existing customs, and if I'm not mistaken, pax were carried before the galleys were there!

Quoting Indy (Reply 33):
I like to know why airports like DTW have double jetways at some points and don't use them. I flew DTW-AMS on an A330-300 and they didn't use both jetways.

Well, NewYork355 hit on one point, but especially now with stricter manifest regs, I don't think anyone wants to deal with having 2 points of entry. It's easier to check boarding passes and confirm who actually boards from 1 gate than 2, and I'd hate to try to speed things up and end up with delays b/c the pax head count doesn't match the boarding passes from 2 gates.  headache  Don't get me wrong, it can be done, but I doubt the infrastructure is there and I don't see it being in real demand, since it would involve double the number of gate agents and compound the human error in head counts and manifests.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 10:26 am

Tradition only really.
Many narrow body a/c are unable to board from the right side at all, I think of DC-9, MD-80...
But some larger a/c are able and actually do board from the right sometimes as mentioned previoucly on the board.

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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 10:35 am

Quoting Soaringadi (Reply 32):
Wow I'm amazed..... never heard a question like that.
How about why do we breathe ? Why do planes fly..... ?
need I go on.....

I think it's a perfectly good question and I have gotten a lot wiser by this thread. Thank you JAM747 for it. And Soaringadi, remember: there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.

And by the way: why DO we breathe? And why do planes fly?  Smile
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 10:38 am

The QF743 that went to the AVV airshow boarded from the right  Smile
Although I hardly think that that counts.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 11:07 am

Quoting Electech6299 (Reply 43):
Don't get me wrong, it can be done, but I doubt the infrastructure is there and I don't see it being in real demand, since it would involve double the number of gate agents and compound the human error in head counts and manifests.

If I remember correctly there is still one door coming in from the terminal. The walkway splits off to two different points. You'd still have one point for collecting boarding passes. I think this just splits up the load in the plane so you don't have people standing there waiting around while some clown tries to figure out where to stash all his/her luggage that was brought on the plane. I think it would only take a moment longer for someone to dock the 2nd jetway and open the door. It would speed up loading and unloading of passengers. Not a great deal but enough. When we arrived back in DTW they held up the coach passengers until the wbc passengers could be offloaded. I don't mind since I was slow and I still got off early. Had they used both jetways the coach passengers could have already been getting off the plane. Everything is there to make this work. Just need someone to take a moment to use the 2nd jetway.
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 1:02 pm

Our standard operating procedures dictate boarding on the left hand side, as our 737-800s are re-fuelled on the right hand side.
 
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RE: Why Do Airliners Board On The Left?

Sat Nov 05, 2005 1:20 pm

Hey fly to CCS, Venezuela and you will board in all different parts of the plane.
On Aeropostal DC-9 sometimes they use the galley door on the left, and always they lower the stairs down the back. So, I guess we are used to board planes in CCS either thru 1L or tail stairs.

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