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Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:01 am

Why isn’t common for dual jet bridge boarding for widebody flight at airport that have them in the US as opposed to Europe or Asia?
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:09 am

Going out on a whim here, but maybe it's because the gate you boarded from only had a single jet bridge?
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:25 am

DENTK wrote:
Going out on a whim here, but maybe it's because the gate you boarded from only had a single jet bridge?

The question change a bit then: why in the US double jet bridge gates are not as common as in EU or Asia?
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:53 am

vahancrazy wrote:
DENTK wrote:
Going out on a whim here, but maybe it's because the gate you boarded from only had a single jet bridge?

The question change a bit then: why in the US double jet bridge gates are not as common as in EU or Asia?

Because you need a plane that can support loading from L1 and L2. Those are not the prevailing types in the US.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:01 am

vahancrazy wrote:
The question change a bit then: why in the US double jet bridge gates are not as common as in EU or Asia?


Probably just a lack of investment by the various airports as there is very little in it for the airport to make money from.
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:03 am

And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even if a second jet bridge is available).
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:11 am

modesto2 wrote:
And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even if a second jet bridge is available).


Another factor to consider is cost vs benefit. For a large aircraft like a B747 or any wide body with a short(ish) turn around between flights, then dual airbridge can save valuable time. However, for a small wide body, or an aircraft with a longer turn around, the benefits are reduced. Using dual air bridges requires two people to drive the bridge and, depending on the layout, can mean additional staff are required during the boarding process to ensure passenger go down the correct bridge.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:45 am

GoSharks wrote:
vahancrazy wrote:
DENTK wrote:
Going out on a whim here, but maybe it's because the gate you boarded from only had a single jet bridge?

The question change a bit then: why in the US double jet bridge gates are not as common as in EU or Asia?

Because you need a plane that can support loading from L1 and L2. Those are not the prevailing types in the US.


Like in Europe and Asia every plane is a L1/L2 plane operated flight? Weird thinking.

I think the split NB/WB is the same in EU airports as in US airports, remember some US domestic flights sectors would be intercontinental in europe. i think only in Asia the split NB/WB is skewed towards WB.
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:43 pm

modesto2 wrote:
And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even if a second jet bridge is available).



I’ve noticed too with my home airport MSP. There are 3 capable dual jet bridge but are never used. Even with the 777.
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As you can see when the international gates were added
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:57 pm

Love boarding/unloading from both doors at Burbank, but of course those are from the tarmac on 737s, etc.!
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:00 pm

modesto2 wrote:
And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even if a second jet bridge is available).


Same at MIA. The only gate with more than one jet bridge is J17. The A380 flights use all 3 bridges, but otherwise Turkish is the only airline to use 2 bridges on that gate for their 777 while everyone else only uses 1. Whatever advantage boarding through more than one bridge provides probably isn't worth it to the other carriers.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:16 pm

Southwest uses dual jetway boarding at Albany Intl. in NY
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:56 pm

Antoli0794 wrote:
modesto2 wrote:
And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even if a second jet bridge is available).



I’ve noticed too with my home airport MSP. There are 3 capable dual jet bridge but are never used. Even with the 777.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3379/340 ... 8787_b.jpg
As you can see when the international gates were added


Is that image modeling the lower level layout of MSP's IAF on the G concourse? I have always wondered the IAF was laid out and have never got to see by arriving internationally at MSP.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:57 pm

Qantas16 wrote:
modesto2 wrote:
And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even if a second jet bridge is available).


Another factor to consider is cost vs benefit. For a large aircraft like a B747 or any wide body with a short(ish) turn around between flights, then dual airbridge can save valuable time. However, for a small wide body, or an aircraft with a longer turn around, the benefits are reduced. Using dual air bridges requires two people to drive the bridge and, depending on the layout, can mean additional staff are required during the boarding process to ensure passenger go down the correct bridge.



In Europe, they mostly use one jetbridge driver only for both bridges. I.e. in Frankfurt, they can guarantee by this that F and C pax leave four to five minutes before the rest of the pax and have less waiting time at immigration
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:13 pm

SyracuseAvGeek wrote:
Southwest uses dual jetway boarding at Albany Intl. in NY


That’s what I thought this thread was going to be about as well. Weird how you say dual boarding and upstate flyers think of Albany’s rear boarding bridges and the rest of the world is really just talking about two regular jet bridges.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:39 am

FlyRow wrote:
GoSharks wrote:
vahancrazy wrote:
The question change a bit then: why in the US double jet bridge gates are not as common as in EU or Asia?

Because you need a plane that can support loading from L1 and L2. Those are not the prevailing types in the US.


Like in Europe and Asia every plane is a L1/L2 plane operated flight? Weird thinking.

I think the split NB/WB is the same in EU airports as in US airports, remember some US domestic flights sectors would be intercontinental in europe. i think only in Asia the split NB/WB is skewed towards WB.

Yeah I was thinking more Asia than Europe where regional wide bodies are everywhere.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:08 am

SUNCTRY738 wrote:
Antoli0794 wrote:
modesto2 wrote:
And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even if a second jet bridge is available).



I’ve noticed too with my home airport MSP. There are 3 capable dual jet bridge but are never used. Even with the 777.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3379/340 ... 8787_b.jpg
As you can see when the international gates were added


Is that image modeling the lower level layout of MSP's IAF on the G concourse? I have always wondered the IAF was laid out and have never got to see by arriving internationally at MSP.



It’s on the same level as the gates are except the have a closed hallway which leads the the FIS.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:10 pm

That has to be a tight space then if it is on the upper level. I always assumed passengers were directed downstairs from the secure hallway. But I haven't been on the G concourse in many years so maybe the space is bigger than I thought on the upper level.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:26 pm

Just flew in on the redeye 777 in first on United from SFO to IAH on Monday. We departed gate 82 and arrived C7 - duel bridges at both ends. The only difference was that the boarding wasn't split between classes - but which aisle you are seated on.
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:34 pm

SUNCTRY738 wrote:
That has to be a tight space then if it is on the upper level. I always assumed passengers were directed downstairs from the secure hallway. But I haven't been on the G concourse in many years so maybe the space is bigger than I thought on the upper level.



Yeah it’s on the other side of the wall from G6
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:51 pm

Because quite often it means extra traffic through the premium cabins which is not ideal!
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:57 pm

WeatherPilot wrote:
SyracuseAvGeek wrote:
Southwest uses dual jetway boarding at Albany Intl. in NY


That’s what I thought this thread was going to be about as well. Weird how you say dual boarding and upstate flyers think of Albany’s rear boarding bridges and the rest of the world is really just talking about two regular jet bridges.


Thought those weren't used anymore.

Schipol has jetbridges that cantilever over the wing of widebodies to reach the rear doors... maybe the benefit in the investment for the airport was getting the jets away from the international arrivals gates ASAP.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:40 am

In HNL most of the gates in the overseas terminal are dual bridge. Hell, I’ve been on a 752 that had two bridges hooked up. Nothing starts your trip off right in first class like an exclusive jet bridge for 16 people.

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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:48 am

Flew on a UA 777 from LAX-DEN, used dual jetways at DEN
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:32 am

Uli72 wrote:
Qantas16 wrote:
modesto2 wrote:
And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even if a second jet bridge is available).


Another factor to consider is cost vs benefit. For a large aircraft like a B747 or any wide body with a short(ish) turn around between flights, then dual airbridge can save valuable time. However, for a small wide body, or an aircraft with a longer turn around, the benefits are reduced. Using dual air bridges requires two people to drive the bridge and, depending on the layout, can mean additional staff are required during the boarding process to ensure passenger go down the correct bridge.



In Europe, they mostly use one jetbridge driver only for both bridges. I.e. in Frankfurt, they can guarantee by this that F and C pax leave four to five minutes before the rest of the pax and have less waiting time at immigration



Interesting, does the jetbridge driver position both jetways at the aircraft simultaneously somehow or, move one against a door then run to the other and position that one ?!
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:20 pm

zeke wrote:
vahancrazy wrote:
The question change a bit then: why in the US double jet bridge gates are not as common as in EU or Asia?


Probably just a lack of investment by the various airports as there is very little in it for the airport to make money from.


Is this possibly due to the fact that in the US, most gates are dedicated to a specific airline? Perhaps in EU and elsewhere where the gates tend to be shared use, there's more of an incentive for the airport to equip with dual jetbridges to minimize loading time?
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

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jettaknight wrote:
Is this possibly due to the fact that in the US, most gates are dedicated to a specific airline? Perhaps in EU and elsewhere where the gates tend to be shared use, there's more of an incentive for the airport to equip with dual jetbridges to minimize loading time?


It is a good point you raise, at the larger airports in the US the terminals and even the ramp is looked after by airlines.

I honestly don’t know which model is better.

What I do see elsewhere is dual jet bridge gates being capable of either two door single wide body loading, or alternatively the gate being used by two narrow bodies with a single bridge to each aircraft.
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:15 pm

IAD can support dual jetbridge loading
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:31 pm

I thought it was common practice to use both jet bridges if the aircraft can handle it, however at DEN I know we use Dual Bridges, speaking for United aircraft, on the 787-8, 787-9, 747 (when United use to have them), 767-400 ,777-200 ,777-300, not sure about the A330-300, A340-600's, or A350's that Lufthansa brings in sometimes, I know Lufthansa uses Dual bridges for the 747 they bring in, British Airways also uses the dual bridges for their 747. It could go by airline, maybe some do not want to use dual bridges, not sure why that would be, but also depends on the setup of the dual gate and aircraft type coming in.

I know at United, on our dual bridge gates at DEN we cannot pull up both bridges to a 787-10, due to the fact that their is no parking position painted on the J-Line for the 787-10, so I think they park it on the 787-9 position, and that position puts the L2 door to far away for the second bridge to move to the door.

So could be a combination of reasons both bridges are used or not used.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:41 pm

It looks like ATL doesn't have any dual bridges. Do they use a single bridge even for A380s?
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:51 pm

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It looks like ATL doesn't have any dual bridges. Do they use a single bridge even for A380s?

Google maps shows no dual bridges at ATL. The image shows two 747s, both using and having only single bridges.
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:53 pm

citationjet wrote:
cranberrysaus wrote:
It looks like ATL doesn't have any dual bridges. Do they use a single bridge even for A380s?

Google maps shows no dual bridges at ATL. The image shows two 747s, both using and having only single bridges.


I wonder why that is. You'd think out of all places ATL would be the one that would want to minimize turnaround time. Although I guess widebody gate space isn't as much of a premium.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:03 pm

Historically, United preferred dual-bridge loading for widebodies at hubs, probably more so than any other US airline. Today, UA has one dual-bridge position at EWR (with at least another planned) mostly used for the 77W, and multiple such gates at ORD, IAD, DEN, SFO, LAX, IAH, along with non-exclusive (but preferential) positions at HNL, NRT, LHR and elsewhere.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:06 pm

citationjet wrote:
cranberrysaus wrote:
It looks like ATL doesn't have any dual bridges. Do they use a single bridge even for A380s?

Google maps shows no dual bridges at ATL. The image shows two 747s, both using and having only single bridges.


Gate F3 at the International Terminal has dual bridges.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:13 pm

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modesto2 wrote:
And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even if a second jet bridge is available).


The only gate with more than one jet bridge is J17.


That is false. E6 and E24 have 2 jet bridges which were made for the A380.
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Gate F3 at the International Terminal has dual bridges.


I don't see it in this photo.
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Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:31 pm

I haven't been to DEN in a long time but IIRC the "dual bridge" setup at DEN (at least for the 777 I flew on) was such that it wasn't actual dual bridges so much as they used two gates for one plane. F/J passengers (the 777 was 3 class at the time) boarded from B36 while Y pax boarded through B34 and both gates were attached to the plane.
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citationjet wrote:
WeatherPilot wrote:
Gate F3 at the International Terminal has dual bridges.


I don't see it in this photo.
https://www.google.com/maps/@33.6389388,-84.4190318,418m/data=!3m1!1e3


I guess this is it. I missed it as well.

Image

It looks like there's one at the end of E that could be used with dual bridges as well?
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Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:33 pm

I haven't been to DEN in a long time but IIRC the "dual bridge" setup at DEN (at least for the 777 I flew on) was such that it wasn't actual dual bridges so much as they used two gates for one plane. F/J passengers (the 777 was 3 class at the time) boarded from B36 while Y pax boarded through B34 and both gates were attached to the plane.
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IAD can support dual jetbridge loading


Why do that when you have the mobile lounges at IAD? :D

Would love to see them used again for boarding. Anyone can do dual jet bridges these days ;-)
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cranberrysaus wrote:
citationjet wrote:
WeatherPilot wrote:
Gate F3 at the International Terminal has dual bridges.


I don't see it in this photo.
https://www.google.com/maps/@33.6389388,-84.4190318,418m/data=!3m1!1e3


I guess this is it. I missed it as well.

Image

It looks like there's one at the end of E that could be used with dual bridges as well?


Yes, that’s the gate, with the KLM parked at it.

If you look at the end of E you can see the dashed outline for a heavy to angle park between the two gates so that dual boarding can be accommodated.
 
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Miami wrote:
OB1504 wrote:
modesto2 wrote:
And even if an aircraft supports dual-jet bridge boarding, it doesn't necessarily mean both doors are used. I've noticed that at my home airport of SFO, only A340s, A380s, B747s, and B777s consistently use more than one jet bridge. Most A330, A350, and B787 flights board from the 2L door only (even if a second jet bridge is available).


The only gate with more than one jet bridge is J17.


That is false. E6 and E24 have 2 jet bridges which were made for the A380.


E6 and E24 use the bridges from E8 and E25 respectively as their second bridges. J17 is the only gate where you can use multiple bridges without closing an adjacent gate.

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I haven't been to DEN in a long time but IIRC the "dual bridge" setup at DEN (at least for the 777 I flew on) was such that it wasn't actual dual bridges so much as they used two gates for one plane. F/J passengers (the 777 was 3 class at the time) boarded from B36 while Y pax boarded through B34 and both gates were attached to the plane.


This is what MIA does when accommodating A380s at the 2 A380 gates in the E concourse.
 
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Max Q wrote:
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Another factor to consider is cost vs benefit. For a large aircraft like a B747 or any wide body with a short(ish) turn around between flights, then dual airbridge can save valuable time. However, for a small wide body, or an aircraft with a longer turn around, the benefits are reduced. Using dual air bridges requires two people to drive the bridge and, depending on the layout, can mean additional staff are required during the boarding process to ensure passenger go down the correct bridge.



In Europe, they mostly use one jetbridge driver only for both bridges. I.e. in Frankfurt, they can guarantee by this that F and C pax leave four to five minutes before the rest of the pax and have less waiting time at immigration



Interesting, does the jetbridge driver position both jetways at the aircraft simultaneously somehow or, move one against a door then run to the other and position that one ?!


Pardon my poor Englisch. No -- the "driver" positions one jetbridge to the C/F door, then moves to the next jetbridge and "drives" it to the second door used for disembarking. This gives C/F pax at least five minutes time advance.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:29 pm

AC use two bridges on the 787, 330 and 777 whenever they are available, even for domestic flights. In YUL, we have three gates with dual bridges: 52, 55 and 63. 55 was the designated A380 gate when AF used it here, but the tight gate area made it difficult from an operation point of view. If an A380 is parked at 55, you can't move planes in and out at 57 next door.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:55 pm

Nobody mentioned CUTE vs dedicated. More CUTE in Europe results in different investment strategy.

The ALB setup was built on a semi-dedicated basis by the airport (at WN's request, part of a deal).

https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/2002/09/30/story7.html

Even though WN didn't want to roll it out systemwide, ALB owns the infrastructure and isn't going to take it down, so it sometimes gets used.

Meanwhile on another planet, NZ uses jetbridge + rear stairs for many gates in both AKL and WLG, weather and ops permitting. The schedules tend to slip when they can't.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:23 pm

Another thing to consider is the inflight service set up. I know on some of our aircraft with a 2L door, the major galley is up front by 1L. Having pax boarding through 1L is disruptive to the flight crew trying to prepare the galleys for service. It's easier to keep that a dedicated workspace, and just have the premium cabin pax "turn left".
It's interesting how some airports have approached the concept, though. In DTW, several gates have dual bridges, however the bridge closest to the airport is a fixed bridge and can't drive--only extend and retract. I believe they were built for the NW 747s... Now the only airline DL flies that actually match the positioning of the fixed bridge is the 350.
Also, BOS two years ago went through the trouble of expanding the IAF terminal E, and that included equipping three gates with dual bridges... However, they apparently only did it with the 380 in mind, so one bridge is standard level, and the other bridge is upper deck level... So you can literally ONLY dual board with a 380... Seemed a waste to me. Should have been three bridges if they truly wanted to maximise the efficiency of those gates...
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:40 pm

seat55a wrote:
Meanwhile on another planet, NZ uses jetbridge + rear stairs for many gates in both AKL and WLG, weather and ops permitting. The schedules tend to slip when they can't.


Typically done for all domestic NZ/JQ a320/321 at AKL,WLG,CHC its also done in most Australian domestic flights with JQ/VA.

With dual boarding NZ can turn an full a320 in around 25minutes when required, helps majorly with recovering from earlier delays on the network.
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:00 pm

SUNCTRY738 wrote:
That has to be a tight space then if it is on the upper level. I always assumed passengers were directed downstairs from the secure hallway. But I haven't been on the G concourse in many years so maybe the space is bigger than I thought on the upper level.


It gets tight when you have 3 widebody Intl flights coming in at the same time! I have never seen that model before, very cool!
 
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Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:11 pm

seat55a wrote:
Nobody mentioned CUTE vs dedicated. More CUTE in Europe results in different investment strategy.

The ALB setup was built on a semi-dedicated basis by the airport (at WN's request, part of a deal).

https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/2002/09/30/story7.html

Even though WN didn't want to roll it out systemwide, ALB owns the infrastructure and isn't going to take it down, so it sometimes gets used.

Meanwhile on another planet, NZ uses jetbridge + rear stairs for many gates in both AKL and WLG, weather and ops permitting. The schedules tend to slip when they can't.


The system here in ALB rarely gets used nowadays. On top of that I'm also certain it only works with the -700, so that's also part of the problem.

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