PlaneFreaknATL
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Boarding Doors

Fri May 25, 2007 2:16 pm

While taxiing this evening on a flight out of Atlanta to New Orleans, I noticed two DL 757s at gates A24 and A26. One was boarding through door L1 while the other was boarding through L2.

Was just curious as to why is it that some flights with single jetways around the world board through L1 and some flights board through L2...anyone can shed some light?

By the way - I apologize in advance if this topic has been covered before!
 
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RE: Boarding Doors

Fri May 25, 2007 4:17 pm

Could be a number of reasons.
1/ A/C door might be restricted due to serviceability problems or slide problems which wouldn't be a problem in
an emergency but on the ground would cause a problem.
2/ The jetty may go out of limits and not be able to move on to door 1 (or door 2) needs maintenance
3/ Equipment on ramp may prevent jetty being moved in a particular direction.
4/ A/C may have parked incorrectly.

Points 2,3 & 4 are more likely than 1 - but that does happen occasionally.
I hope this helps.
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RE: Boarding Doors

Fri May 25, 2007 6:42 pm

How about if First class is located between L1 and L2 on a B757, then boarding through L2 will keep Y-pax away from First class, so that those discerning travellers can sip their Champagne in peace and quiet instead of being disturbed by the unwashed masses barging down the aisle heading for their seats...?  Smile

I'm sure that will enhance the "First class atmosphere" and tempt more people to pay for a F-ticket...?
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RE: Boarding Doors

Fri May 25, 2007 8:31 pm

And also it stops F class being scratched/damaged by pax tramping through
 
PlaneFreaknATL
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RE: Boarding Doors

Sat May 26, 2007 1:07 am

Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 2):
How about if First class is located between L1 and L2 on a B757, then boarding through L2 will keep Y-pax away from First class, so that those discerning travellers can sip their Champagne in peace and quiet instead of being disturbed by the unwashed masses barging down the aisle heading for their seats...?

LOL - I figured that most likely it was to provide extra privacy to the First Class passengers, but just wondered since the same aircraft parked at gates next to each other were using different boarding doors.

Also - maybe the seating/galley configuration around L2 door as well?

I guess the real question is - what is the standard? If accessible, do they always use L2?
 
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RE: Boarding Doors

Sat May 26, 2007 3:12 am

Pretty sure in ATL's case it has to do with the gate/jetway itself. In general (and on the about 50 Delta 757s I've taken), it's always been via 2L, and the only places I've seen DL board through 1L are a few ATL gates.

Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 2):

I'm sure that will enhance the "First class atmosphere" and tempt more people to pay for a F-ticket...?

While it wouldn't cause many more people to pay for a F ticket, it does do a good job in boarding of keeping the F cabin a bit more peaceful. For example, flight attendants aren't fighting against the stream in serving passengers pre-departure beverages. It's also a bit quieter and relaxing, which is always nice. Plus, you don't get the looks from passengers as you're sipping your pre-departure beverage waiting to push back.
 
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RE: Boarding Doors

Sat May 26, 2007 3:26 am

There are a couple of jetways in ATLs concourses that wont reach 2L
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RE: Boarding Doors

Sat May 26, 2007 3:45 am

Might just have been the decision the jetbridge driver made for themselves.

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RE: Boarding Doors

Sat May 26, 2007 4:03 am

Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 2):
How about if First class is located between L1 and L2 on a B757, then boarding through L2 will keep Y-pax away from First class, so that those discerning travellers can sip their Champagne in peace and quiet instead of being disturbed by the unwashed masses barging down the aisle heading for their seats...?

DL's F domestically isn't anything special, and you can forget about Champagne, they don't have it. Also, until the new interiors are installed, many old F seats are a mess of ink stains and torn leather and fabric.

Quoting PlaneFreaknATL (Reply 4):
LOL - I figured that most likely it was to provide extra privacy to the First Class passengers, but just wondered since the same aircraft parked at gates next to each other were using different boarding doors.

Global answered it perfectly.

Quoting GlobalATL (Reply 6):
There are a couple of jetways in ATLs concourses that wont reach 2L

nothing so sinister as allowing F to be undisturbed, just logistics of the gate.
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RE: Boarding Doors

Sat May 26, 2007 4:13 am

like was said before its often a parking issue on the particular spot where the aircraft is parked and the capability of the jetway to connect. Not sure anymore, but I used to commute out of SFO when I was based in ORD and I would often see UA 757s with jetways on both doors.
 
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RE: Boarding Doors

Sat May 26, 2007 4:23 am

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 5):
Plus, you don't get the looks from passengers as you're sipping your pre-departure beverage waiting to push back.

If they bother to serve one that is. Usually the excuse is..."We are running a little late, to ensure an ontime departure we will skip those right now" it has happened to me a few times.
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RE: Boarding Doors

Sat May 26, 2007 8:03 am

Quoting Itsnotfinals (Reply 10):
If they bother to serve one that is. Usually the excuse is..."We are running a little late, to ensure an ontime departure we will skip those right now" it has happened to me a few times.

Or I guess they could take a delay, if you'd prefer...

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 5):
Pretty sure in ATL's case it has to do with the gate/jetway itself. In general (and on the about 50 Delta 757s I've taken), it's always been via 2L, and the only places I've seen DL board through 1L are a few ATL gates.

There are several jetways at several airports in the system that are restricted to 1L. 2L is the preferred door for boarding when it's available. It speeds up boarding significantly due to the two way traffic once onboard.
 
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RE: Boarding Doors

Sat May 26, 2007 9:10 am

I think some gates in slc board through the first and some through the second. I'll watch in the future to see what one they do. I think it depends on the jet bridge and the way the gate is configured.
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