I see a jetbridge right of the SK 747, however where would the aircraft park? There seems no/not much space due to crossing verhicles underneath the wing.
Very nice picture though, love these pictures with all classic planes, with Concorde being the highlight of course.
I don’t think the Alitalia has the jet bridge connected over wing. The support mechanism is there, but that jetway actually looks gone. I see the overwing jetways for the Air France 747, Swissair 747 and SAS DC-10, but they all seem to be just dangling. I flew out of that terminal in the 80s on an Alitalia 747 to Milan. The other thing I noticed was having almost no windows in the terminal. I was accompanying my Dad. If my memory is correct, I believe we went into a lounge on the 2nd floor that had a window. I seem to remember being in aww of all the awesome int’l tails.
You are correct. The old IAB at JFK had very few windows post security and was a generally miserable place to fly from. The ceilings were low at the wings on each end. The central part of the structure was also generally windowless, charmless, and could get crowded at peak times. Check in areas were at street level and one thing that was very cool about the IAB was all the individual airline signage on the front of the building by each company's dedicated area. The gates themselves had large signs that would light up "BOARDING" and flash "BOARDING" in an orange/red lighting. A lot (but not all) of the airline lounges were upstairs and faced the roadway, and most were simply not nice. I flew out of there as a kid many times on AZ and SR growing up. My last flight out of the IAB was on VS 10 to LHR in August 1998 (the last VS departure for the day out of JFK at 11:10pm). We left from the same gate that the SR 747 is parked at in this photo. The HVAC failed in the terminal that afternoon and it was stifling. The IAB was a relic of the early days of jet travel when most of these buildings were built and designed poorly and with little thought to expansion and of course, not designed for the security requirements of later years, up to and post 9/11. However, this is a very cool photo and a reminder of the broad diversity of airlines that rule JFK operations.
I was only in this building late in its life, but I thought it was so interesting/strange to check in through the individual "storefronts" which I guess were built for one airline but by that point were sometimes shared by two or three. I remember flying Pan Am, the Sequel, out of the EWD ... they shared their space with RJ and FI, and in fact I think FI ground staff did our check-in. Then you had to go up a flight of stairs/escalator (and I think the airline lounges were in that space upstairs) and go through a door to reach the gates. Security seemed almost invisible ... just the most basic X-ray as you entered each gate area.
I also recall the lack of windows... my buddy and I used to hang out in that upstairs restaurant behind the central departures board just to be able to see out, but we also made fast friends with Fr. Divine, the Catholic priest who staffed the chapel, and he let us planespot out his office window.
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