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Jetway Probs W/ A318 & B736?

Sat Jan 27, 2001 1:11 pm

I tried searching for this, but couldn't turn up anything, and I do not remember it ever being discussed since I have been here, so here goes:

I have heard come up here now again the subject of A318s and B737-600s not being able to be linked up with a jetway/airbridge (or whatever else its called...) because of the positioning of the engines? Can anyone confirm this?

I have looked at side on pics of both aircraft, and from what I can see, the engines don't seem to encroach on Door 1A at all, so I am not sure about this whole jetway thing. Why do they not position the jetway so that the aircraft's door is towards the right of the jetway (thats what they do with 146s here, you can even see into the flightdeck while you're boarding!).

Any information would be apreciated.

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RE: Jetway Probs W/ A318 & B736?

Sat Jan 27, 2001 3:06 pm

The 737-600 should have no problems as its fuselage is identical to the 735 which has no problems. I have heard that there is minimal clearence from the A318's engine to the area around 1L.
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RE: Jetway Probs W/ A318 & B736?

Sat Jan 27, 2001 3:14 pm

I don't see what the problem would be, if the aircraft is parked correctly on the "J" line, the jetway should never come anywhere near the engine. Now, if the jetway is not properly pre-positioned and the wing-walkers aren't watching carefully, then there IS the possibility of a mishap occuring.
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RE: Jetway Probs W/ A318 & B736?

Sat Jan 27, 2001 6:17 pm

It is much easier to position a jetway at a 737NG than at the "old" version because all the antennas or whatever you want to call it, have been installed much more forward and the engines do not cause any problems, either.

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RE: Jetway Probs W/ A318 & B736?

Sat Jan 27, 2001 10:37 pm

If there should be any problem with 318 and not with the 737-600 it can't be the overall lenght:
737-600: 31.20 meters
318: 31.44 meters
They have almost the same lenght, the 318 is even 24 centimeters longer (about 10 inch).