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United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:11 am

Link here

Does anyone know which gates they are testing this on? I was in DEN last weekend and did not see any sign of this double jetway.

It would be kind of fun boarding (or deboarding) from the rear of the aircraft. I guess this means that the flight attendant in the back can't hide in the galley anymore!  wink 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:13 am

What's DIA?
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Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:18 am

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:18 am

DIA is Denver International Airport (IATA Code: DEN). More often than not, I hear to it referred as DIA.

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:23 am

Quoting ORDZW (Thread starter):
It would be kind of fun boarding (or deboarding) from the rear of the aircraft.

just fly jetBlue to one of it's warmer weather locations, they always deboard and sometimes board from the rear using stairs and you get to walk around the tarmac which is even more fun  Wink

One a serious note. How much money can they save with faster boarding by installing new jet bridges, I'm guessing they don't come cheap.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:26 am

The original press release on this months ago stated they would go in on B but TED uses A. This news article also says B....wonder if TED is moving back to the mothership on B????
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:32 am

Quoting ORDZW (Thread starter):
I was in DEN last weekend and did not see any sign of this double jetway.

Did you see anything that possibly looks similiar to this:





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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:38 am

Quoting Hiflyer (Reply 5):
The original press release on this months ago stated they would go in on B but TED uses A. This news article also says B....wonder if TED is moving back to the mothership on B????

Yes, this was part of the UA-F9-airport deal. The airport is building a new regional jet UAX facility at the end of the B-Concourse. In exchange, UA has agreed to give up their 6 Ted gates on the A-Concourse to F9. All of the Ted operations will be moved to the B-Concourse over the course of the next several months.
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:55 am

Quoting Spinkid (Reply 4):
just fly jetBlue to one of it's warmer weather locations, they always deboard and sometimes board from the rear using stairs and you get to walk around the tarmac which is even more fun

I flew B6 into LGB last year. Deplaning was done from front and rear with airstairs. Very awesome, especially to see 5 320's parked on that ramp at once, dwarfing the terminal building. It was the first time I'd used airstairs since the early 90's on an AA 757 at JAC.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:29 am

Quoting Spinkid (Reply 4):
just fly jetBlue to one of it's warmer weather locations, they always deboard and sometimes board from the rear using stairs and you get to walk around the tarmac which is even more fun

In SJC at terminal C they have done it. I've flown HP and TZ flights from their where we boarded using both doors. Its really cool on the 757, cause of its size.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:34 am

The first one is going to be on B15. Thats the last gate on the North-side. The other gates will be B17, B16, B18, B20 I believe.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:44 am

Doesn't Jetblue use alot of the rear deplaning at LGB? I'd like to try that sometime. I deplaned off the middle of a DC-10 at OAK one time, but that was as close to the back as I've gotten.

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:46 am

Quoting Spinkid (Reply 4):
just fly jetBlue to one of it's warmer weather locations, they always deboard and sometimes board from the rear using stairs and you get to walk around the tarmac which is even more fun

WN at BUR does this. I boarded BUR-SJC and deplaned SJC-BUR via the rear stairs. Fun!
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:47 am

I used to fly the DL shuttle often. I loved boarding through the stairs in the tail of the 727!
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:48 am

Yesterday there was a TED A320 parked at the last gate on the north side of the B concourse with the duel jet bridge attached. The duel jet bridge seems like a great way to speed boarding and off-loading, but I have to say it looked a "Rube Goldberg" contraption.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:52 am

I deplaned out of the rear of a Air Wisconsin BAe-146 one time. That was pretty cool. I've never gone in the rear door of say, an A320 or a 737 though. Do planes ever get boarded on the other side of the fuselage??? I don't think I've ever seen that before.

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:55 am

some good news for UA,
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:14 pm

Thanks everyone for confirming use of B....I know UA dual door the Shuttle when they ran that on the west coast at more than afew stations...guess that is where they are getting this from.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:52 pm

We'll see how this works out. If it is as good as previous US experiments ( WN in DAL, ALB airport) it won't last too long. At least until the first one crimps a wing.

WN in AUS too.

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:30 pm

Mike Boyd has a good point on this...while the idea of increasing turn times by dual boarding and de-boarding is nice on paper, in reality, it probably will not work, what with planes put on hold waiting for incoming passengers off of delayed flights...and this faster boarding doesn't do anything to speed up baggage loading down below, often the source of many delays, or a catering truck a little too late causing further delays, etc. Just too many variables in the airline business from this to make a real, or even a minor, dent.
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:15 pm

Speaking of dents, a friend of mine who is a gate agent tells of a coworker fired for "improper driving of the airbridge" (I guess how you would term it) and causing damage to the aircraft. I assume this is possible? And would the over-wing airbridge require any more skill at getting the bridge to the door? Seems like it might open up room for more costly error.

Does anyone remember the days LONG ago when a/c parked parallel to the terminals and used two jet bridges? Not practical now of course.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:39 pm

Quoting Bnamaxx (Reply 20):
would the over-wing airbridge require any more skill at getting the bridge to the door?

From the article:

"The new bridges automatically connect to planes using sensors that detect the aircraft's position on the tarmac, eliminating the need for workers to connect them manually."

I wonder if they could also be used on the 757?
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:56 pm

Quoting ORDZW (Thread starter):
It would be kind of fun boarding (or deboarding) from the rear of the aircraft. I guess this means that the flight attendant in the back can't hide in the galley anymore!

The DL Shuttle more often then not deplanes through the rear air stairs on the MD-88's. Same was true with the 727's. When the 737' s were on the Shuttle DL rolled up stairs to the 2L door to deplane. Boarding, however, is always done through the jetway.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:23 pm

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 15):
I've never gone in the rear door of say, an A320 or a 737

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:27 pm

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 3):
DIA is Denver International Airport (IATA Code: DEN). More often than not, I hear to it referred as DIA.

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In the Denver area it's also referred to as "Done In August" as it was supposed to have been done in August of 1994. But instead was somewhat completed and we opened it in Feb. of 1995.

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:36 pm

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 15):
I've never gone in the rear door of say, an A320 or a 737 though.

I guess you haven't travelled much through Europe!  Wink


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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:44 pm

Quoting Tod (Reply 23):
Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 15):
I've never gone in the rear door of say, an A320 or a 737

It can happen

S. America, happens all the time in the outlying airports. On P5, AV, RG, EQ and others.
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:04 am

Tod, Isn't N742AS one of the Combi planes. I believe I was on that plane going through Alaska. For those that dont know, the 732 AS combi plane has room for a pallete in the front and pax in the back. The bulkhead separating the two can also move to accomidate more pax or more cargo.
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:32 am

Quoting Bnamaxx (Reply 20):
Does anyone remember the days LONG ago when a/c parked parallel to the terminals and used two jet bridges? Not practical now of course.

TWA used to board its 707s at ORD, back in the 60s. At MKC, 707s had 2 sets of stairs, while 727s had 1 set of stairs and the set of stairs contained under the #2 engine.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:33 am

Quoting RampRat74 (Reply 10):
The first one is going to be on B15. Thats the last gate on the North-side. The other gates will be B17, B16, B18, B20 I believe.

I just flew in to DEN on a 777 and there were double jetways, the left side of the craft deplaned in first class, and the right side deplaned in the galley in between the business classes. This is how we boarded too in ORD. I thibk it was Gate B36 in DEN.
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:46 am

Hey, i just flew from DEN to FRA on LH in F on the 744 on the upper deck and taxiing to RWY34L i had a great view of the new double jet way, but i only saw one, wich was all the way at the end of terminal B.

Quoting Boston92 (Reply 29):
I just flew in to DEN on a 777 and there were double jetways, the left side of the craft deplaned in first class, and the right side deplaned in the galley in between the business classes. This is how we boarded too in ORD. I thibk it was Gate B36 in DEN.

Thats not what were talking about, thats the classic double jetway, wich is doors L1 and L2 for planes like 777,767,747 but were talking about for the smaller planes like 737 and A320 were the L1 and L2 all the way at the back are docked.

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:46 am

Quoting Boston92 (Reply 29):
I just flew in to DEN on a 777 and there were double jetways, the left side of the craft deplaned in first class, and the right side deplaned in the galley in between the business classes. This is how we boarded too in ORD. I thibk it was Gate B36 in DEN.

You mean the people deplanned off the right side of the a/c at the galley? Or did the right side cross over to the left side at the galley then off the a/c?? I ask because the left side of the a/c in coach coming forward, trying to get to first class to get off would impeed with the right side crossing over to the left to deplan at the galley. Not trying to make this confussing, but I have seen double jet ways in the past where there was a jet way on either SIDE of the a/c for deplanning. Just curious!  Big grin
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:52 am

Just out of curiosity, have there ever been any incidents of the aircraft engines accidentally being started while the rear airstairs were still in place? I can only imagine they and anything on them would go flying down the apron.
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 1:09 am

Quoting Flyboy14295 (Reply 27):
Tod, Isn't N742AS one of the Combi planes. I believe I was on that plane going through Alaska. For those that dont know, the 732 AS combi plane has room for a pallete in the front and pax in the back. The bulkhead separating the two can also move to accomidate more pax or more cargo.

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 1:33 am

Quoting Zrs70 (Reply 13):
I used to fly the DL shuttle often. I loved boarding through the stairs in the tail of the 727!

I used to use the rear tail stairs on PE at the old EWR Terminal and God knows how many times on LH 727s at BRE before they built the new terminal.
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 1:49 am

Well, Well, they finally got around to doing it.

UA has been kicking this idea around for a number of years. I was part of the East Region Employee Development Program in Spring of 2001. (Ironic for those of you who know the whole story!) Anyway, we got a tour of WHQ's Customer Satisfaction group. These folks were in chagre of dreaming up all kinds of ways to make everyone's job and the customer's experience at the airport easier. This was one of the concepts they wanted to work with.

E.G. these were the guys who did the study and found out that a CS agent had to know how to do some 1500 tasks. Of course not all were done in one day but their point was no one had streamlined the CS position, CS just kept getting dumped on.

They also did a study that determined the most stressful part of a customer's flight wasn't take off or landing or even turbulence, it was being stuck in the back of the plane waiting to get off. It surprised a lot of people. The Dual jetbridge was one of the dream solutions they had. UA Engineering had a fit at first but apparently, DEW has overcome thier objections.

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 1:52 am

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 15):
I deplaned out of the rear of a Air Wisconsin BAe-146 one time. That was pretty cool. I've never gone in the rear door of say, an A320 or a 737 though.

Try flying VS to LHR. If you take a red eye, you might, if you're lucky, arrive a little later than scheduled, in which case there won't be any airbridge available at LHR. Your aircraft (747-400) will go to a remote stand and you'll deplane using stairs at the front of the aircraft. Make sure you have 30 minutes spare when you're sitting at the rear of the aircraft. Take an umbrella (rain) and if security doesn't allow it into the cabin then tough luck...
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 2:00 am

Quoting Spinkid (Reply 4):
just fly jetBlue to one of it's warmer weather locations, they always deboard and sometimes board from the rear using stairs and you get to walk around the tarmac which is even more fun

UA did that at SFO with their Shuttle operation.

Quoting Spinkid (Reply 4):
How much money can they save with faster boarding by installing new jet bridges, I'm guessing they don't come cheap.

As of the move from Stapleton to DEN, when UA moved two jetbridges from Stapleton to their MX facility at IND, they cost $50K each.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 2:13 am

Quoting UAPremierGuy (Reply 19):
Mike Boyd has a good point on this...while the idea of increasing turn times by dual boarding and de-boarding is nice on paper, in reality, it probably will not work, what with planes put on hold waiting for incoming passengers off of delayed flights...and this faster boarding doesn't do anything to speed up baggage loading down below, often the source of many delays, or a catering truck a little too late causing further delays, etc. Just too many variables in the airline business from this to make a real, or even a minor, dent

Keep in mind the major point of this is NOT faster boarding. Zone boarding like UA is doing and WN has done for years is faster than conventional boarding and doesn't need two jetways.

Where an airline gets the bang for their buck is in FAST DEPLANING. Clean up, and galley work crew changes can't begin until passengers are off, in addition if you give passengers easy exit they feel better about thier trip as I mentioned in my post above. Getting OFF the plane was the most stressful time for a passenger. Deplaning fast, is where UA will see the cost benefit. When the customers come off the real work in turning the plane can begin.
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 2:51 am

Quoting ORDZW (Thread starter):
It would be kind of fun boarding (or deboarding) from the rear of the aircraft.

To my experience this is done very often and everyday all over Europe and the Caribbean, rain, shine, or snow. Some airports have covered stairs but those are very few.

In fact, at LIS, I believe the jetbridge stands can only accomodate planes as large as the A310, so if you're flying anything bigger like an A330/A340/747, the only way to boad and deboard a plane is through stairs. At LHR and FRA I think I have used the bus/stairs method just as often as the jetbridges. Here in the US there are plenty of airports with little or no airbridges too. My most recent experience boarding from the back was a UA A320 at JAC. Next to us it was a AA 757 also boarding through stairs at the front and back.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:17 am

Quoting MtnWest1979 (Reply 18):
We'll see how this works out. If it is as good as previous US experiments ( WN in DAL, ALB airport) it won't last too long. At least until the first one crimps a wing.

That won't happen as the bridge 'bridges' itself automatically using sensors. These bridges are built here in Ottawa by DEW Engineering http://www.dewbridge.com

Quoting Bnamaxx (Reply 20):
Speaking of dents, a friend of mine who is a gate agent tells of a coworker fired for "improper driving of the airbridge" (I guess how you would term it) and causing damage to the aircraft. I assume this is possible? And would the over-wing airbridge require any more skill at getting the bridge to the door? Seems like it might open up room for more costly error.

It is very easy to damage an aircraft with a bridge if you're not careful. You need to be really careful not to damage the pitot tubes on 737 classics. Like UALPHLCS said the real payoff to the dual bridge will come with deplaning, but boarding will be much faster enabling middle-to-aft and middle-to-front boarding to occur simultaneously.

Quoting Flyboy14295 (Reply 27):
Tod, Isn't N742AS one of the Combi planes. I believe I was on that plane going through Alaska. For those that dont know, the 732 AS combi plane has room for a pallete in the front and pax in the back. The bulkhead separating the two can also move to accomidate more pax or more cargo.

Yeah all 732 Combis have airstairs at the L2 door.

[Edited 2006-08-25 20:18:11]

[Edited 2006-08-25 20:21:24]
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:17 am

Quoting Airbazar (Reply 39):
Next to us it was a AA 757 also boarding through stairs at the front and back.

Did this off the rear on an AA 757 at EGE(Eagle/Vail/BeaverCreek,CO)airport a few years ago. Probably my only USA rear of aircraft boarding and deplanning.

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 4:57 am

Quoting ORDZW (Thread starter):
It would be kind of fun boarding (or deboarding) from the rear of the aircraft

Happens all the time at DEL and BOM domestic terminals (for that matter most domestic terminals in India). They take you by bus, or you walk from the terminal to the apron. Once you get there, you breathe deep, the smell of jet fuel fills your lungs and for that instant it is the ultimate high a person can get. You climb the stairs, pat the aircraft and maybe kiss it. People behind you think you're a lunatic and call you names in Hindi, but it doesn't matter for you are in your element and all else around you is non-existent.
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting CM767 (Reply 21):
"The new bridges automatically connect to planes using sensors that detect the aircraft's position on the tarmac, eliminating the need for workers to connect them manually."

I hope that they don't have any mx or software problems often. Wouldn't be good to get halfway setup and have a problem.

Also, it better be a quick operation, as I have seen a couple of times on WN flights, by the time the rear jetway was connected, the vast majority of the plane was already off. But, since it is automatic, maybe a lot quicker.

Quoting YOW (Reply 40):
That won't happen as the bridge 'bridges' itself automatically using sensors.

Don't say won't, anything is possible. Snow on sensor, etc. perhaps.
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 5:30 am

Quoting CM767 (Reply 21):
I wonder if they could also be used on the 757?

If these new bridges are anything like Southwest's dual loaders at DAL and AUS, they're designed more for 737/A320 sized birds... but boy, it would be great if UA were able to fit them to a 757. If you're seated anywhere aft of the wings on a 757, it takes FOREVER to deplane.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 6:15 am

Here's a photo of one of these bridges up to a Airbus 320:


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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 8:32 am

Don't they have over wing bridges in AMS? Positive I've seen them there on Widebody aircraft.
 
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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 9:21 am

They have them in AMS as well as one or two gates at Dallas Love (DAL). I've actually used the one at DAL. People in the middle get a little freaked out about which way to go until the FA's say which row goes where.

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RE: United Testing New Jet Bridge At DIA

Sat Aug 26, 2006 10:58 am

And fly KL into AMS, they also use the double jetways.



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