There were few gates on B initially; CO had three and the rest were used for the Avro RJ85. It’s possible the occasional DC-9 parked there, but definitely not common. While the gates can handle all narrowbody aircraft (CO use to regularly operate the 757 to IAH, and DL occasionally brought a 763/764 in), they definitely wern’t spaced to hold large amounts of people.
GSP psgr wrote:
2) Does my memory deceive me**, or were the B gates originally designed for DC-9 sized aircraft and then converted to RJ gates later? My guess is that we'd never see that setup return, but with more 717s coming off of the NYC/LAX operations to DTW, I could see A going basically all mainline again.
When the McNamera / NW Worldgateway first opened in 2002, like Compensateme said was the following:
Concourse A - Mainline NW
Concourse B - NW Airlink Mesaba ARJs and CO had gates B5, B7, & B8, and also used C6 for CoEx ERJs
Concourse C - the original ground level concourse - NW Airlink SF3 & CRJs
Concourse B gates can all handle 737/A320 sized aircraft; CO regularly would park 737s and could fit in a 757 but it would close-off an adjacent gate. When DL was at the end of Concourse B, they could fit a 757 (and even a 767) into B20 due to the angled nature of the parking position.
I'm pretty sure NW never put mainline over on B as they ground handling over there was all NW Airlink / Mesaba, and they always had ample space over on A. By about 2003/2004, as the 9E CRJ fleet size increased and the DC-9 fleet decreased they started parking CRJs on B and bumped some of the ARJ's over the A gates.
In 2005, they completed the first phase of expansion which included the extension on Concourse B, then the phased reconstruction of of Concourse C into the current pod set-up at the same level of Concourse B. They retained the original Concourse C hold-room, built a new NW Worldclub over top and still use the ground-level gates with loading bridges directly accessed off the hold room.
A blast from the past....posted by, ME from March 2005viewtopic.php?t=315239
The new extension on Concourse B opened a little over a week ago. 6 additional gates on B concourse are now being used for NW Airlink flights - CRJ's and ARJ's. CO is still operating out of B5, B7, & B8, and using C6 for CoEx ERJ flights.
DL will operate out of B18, B19, & B20 when they move over sometime this spring. The B gates are capable of handling narrowbody aircraft.
Temporary Airlink gates were added on to the end of Concourse C last fall, these additional 8 +/- hardstands are accessed by a covered walkway on the ramp that exits by gate C25.
When the extension on B opened, the gates on the west side of Concourse C were closed to allow for the construction of the new concourse. In order to compensate for lost gates, some Airlink flights have now moved to Concourse A, temporarily.
Gates 46 & 50 (widebody international gates) have been reconfigured allow for 3 parking spots for Saab's & CRJ's each. Thug giving a total of 6 gates on A. They are numbered as A46A, A46B, A46C, A50A, A50B, A50C. Generally, flights operating into these gates will be arrivals from Canada, since passengers that have not pre-cleared will be arriving directly into the customs area, eliminating the need for buses from C. This was possible since often during the day, most of the internation widebody gates are used for domestic narrowbody flights. There was plenty of excess gate capacity to allow for 2 less mainline gates.
For some time now, Mesaba has been using Gates A59, A61, & A63 for Avro flights. Now, they will also be using Gates A45 & A47, along with the B gates as needed.
Things will all revert back to normal once the new Concourse C is complete in Summer 2006. Saabs & CRJ's will use C; Avro's, CRJ's, CO, & DL will use B, and mainline will be in A.