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Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:09 am

I've changed planes many times at IAD but for the first time ever on Saturday I actually got off a plane and went downtown. I was shocked to see that they still use those big people-movers (or whatever you call those things) to move people from terminal to terminal. It reminded me of the scene from Airport '75 when Karen Black used one to go meet Charlton Heston at the lounge. I'd have assumed they'd have an underground tunnel by now. It was a cool experience to ride one. Listen, modern conveniences are good and all but sometimes the throwback can be really fun. They have those people movers at IAD on my flight sim but I thought it was just outdated.
 
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Re: Dulles - Airport 1975

Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:15 am

richiemo wrote:
I've changed planes many times at IAD but for the first time ever on Saturday I actually got off a plane and went downtown. I was shocked to see that they still use those big people-movers (or whatever you call those things) to move people from terminal to terminal. It reminded me of the scene from Airport '75 when Karen Black used one to go meet Charlton Heston at the lounge. I'd have assumed they'd have an underground tunnel by now. It was a cool experience to ride one. Listen, modern conveniences are good and all but sometimes the throwback can be really fun. They have those people movers at IAD on my flight sim but I thought it was just outdated.

There is an underground train. It's been in operation for about a decade. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AeroTrain_(Washington_Dulles_International_Airport)

The big busses are called Mobile Lounges. They're still used in some cases because it's quicker to/from the C/D Concourse. The AeroTrain station for C/D is located roughly 100m from the concourse itself, because that's where the C/D replacement will eventually go. They're also used for passengers being taken to the International Arrivals Building for customs, because it's the only sterile means of transport from the concourses to the IAB.

They also still use the Plane Mates (the busses that mate directly with aircraft), as it's quicker and more comfortable than conventional busses from remote stands.
 
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:34 am

I believe STL had one of those movers back in the 90s. They used it to shuttle from mid c concourse over to d concourse (the old ozark gates
 
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:37 am

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Sorry, I couldn't resist. I've been dying to share this forever.

I have hopes one day of flying to South Africa one day SAN-IAD-ACC or DSS-JNB and on the return getting to ride in one of these vehicles.
 
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:50 am

There is already a current thread discussing airport ''mobile lounges''.
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:26 am

Yeah, I rode a few at JFK in the 80s, interesting ride.
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:53 am

[quote="quickmover"

I believe STL had one of those movers back in the 90s. They used it to shuttle from mid c concourse over to d concourse (the old ozark gates[/quote]

You are correct and I believe the mobile lounge departure point was known as Dock J IIRC.
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Re: Dulles - Airport 1975

Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:53 am

atcsundevil wrote:
...The AeroTrain station for C/D is located roughly 100m from the concourse itself, because that's where the C/D replacement will eventually go.


Off on a tangent, I know, but is there actually a plan to build such a replacement concourse at IAD?
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:07 am

I rode these when i departed from IAD in 2016. We got practically up close and personal with a SA A346 as we were on our way to C/D. It was really cool!
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:06 am

CDG had them too! they were cool... Not sure they are still extant....
 
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:13 pm

You also see them in The Concorde: Airport '79 (or, as it was called in the UK and Australia, Airport '80: The Concorde). You see one of the cast board one and then sit inside reading some documents.

When you arrive from abroad into Dulles, you get off the flight, go down stairs and into one of those Mobile Lounges which take you to the international arrivals building. I think they're really cool as they're just so different to anywhere else in the world.
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Re: Dulles - Airport 1975

Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:24 pm

FlyHossD wrote:
Off on a tangent, I know, but is there actually a plan to build such a replacement concourse at IAD?

Not currently. United and the MWAA engage in talks from time to time, but they never seem to be on the right page. They're currently expanding parts of the existing concourse for a Polaris lounge, so that indicates to me that it's here to stay for a while. So, it would appear that the C/D Concourse AeroTrain station will continue to be more of a hassle than the mobile lounges for the foreseeable future.
 
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:30 pm

It is an awful airport.

It was a mess 30 years ago and it is a mess now.

Stupid design. Let’s build an airport with concourses that dont connect in anyway
 
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:51 pm

Montrea Mirabel had them too and the building looked like the one at Dulles as well.

That was always a pITA, it could take 20 minutes or more till that bloody thiung started moving,. Most People could have walked the distance back and firth in that time.
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:08 pm

STL had those in mid-1980s, right after TWA/Ozark merger.

DCA, LGA, & EWR.. they have those "shuttle bus" but passengers will have to go downstairs, go outside, go for a short walk on the ramp, and go upstairs. Mobile lounges are way more convenient.
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:09 pm

[quote="PSAatSAN4Ever"]Image

Sorry, I couldn't resist. I've been dying to share this forever.

Excellent! :lol: The movie was kind of cheesy but had spectacular photography of the Queen of the Skies flying between those mountains!
 
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:27 pm

global2 wrote:
PSAatSAN4Ever wrote:
Image

Sorry, I couldn't resist. I've been dying to share this forever.

Excellent! :lol: The movie was kind of cheesy but had spectacular photography of the Queen of the Skies flying between those mountains!


And given your name, here's another you'll enjoy:

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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:33 pm

PSAatSAN4Ever wrote:

And given your name, here's another you'll enjoy:

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Wait, what??
Was this really a published ad?
 
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Re: Dulles - 'Airport 1975'

Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:58 pm

ojjunior wrote:
PSAatSAN4Ever wrote:

And given your name, here's another you'll enjoy:

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Wait, what??
Was this really a published ad?


No, never. Both airlines are completely fake, as both airlines existed only in the movies. This is what you can do with copying and pasting images, although these were given to me.

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