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Vasu
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Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:02 pm

Hi all,

Just wondering where in the world has airport buses (the ones that take you from the terminal to the plane) that are operated by the airline as opposed to the airport. I've seen it a lot in India (so you'll take a "Kingfisher" bus to your Kingfisher plane, or an "Indigo" bus to your Indigo plane etc.)

Is there anywhere else that this happens? I think in the majority of airports worldwide, the airport operator runs the buses and all airlines that need them use the same ones...
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:12 pm

I believe these are at LAX and MIA

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4018/4356963431_8d937de166_b.jpg
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:44 pm



Madrid is full of Iberia-branded busses. They are used to serve any airline's flight, regardless of terminal. Even at Terminal 1 you can see them being used to bring passengers to planes parked at a ramp.
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:55 pm

While slightly off topic, AF does operate "Les Cars de Air France," which are small busses/shuttles that will take you to/from/between CDG, ORY, and central Paris. Actually a good value, IMHO.
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:08 pm

oops I made a mistake

[Edited 2016-02-19 11:05:27]
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:10 pm

Quoting hispanola (Reply 2):
Madrid is full of Iberia-branded busses. They are used to serve any airline's flight, regardless of terminal. Even at Terminal 1 you can see them being used to bring passengers to planes parked at a ramp.

Not only Madrid, but just about every Spanish airport. I was in TFS not too long ago and they had two types of busses. Some IB branded and some FR branded. Seems like FR didn't want to make use of the IB busses so they placed their own to serve their planes.
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:45 pm

Istanbul has buses by TK and ground handlers Celebi and Havas.

Mahan Air has a little accident with the Havas bus a few weeks back.

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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:53 pm

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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:20 pm

The Belgian company De Decker Van Riet has (had) as long lasting relationship with Sabena and its successor Brussels Airlines. It operated busses between Antwerp & Brussels airport. Today the route still excists, it's just not branded anymore as a Brussels Airlines service (I think) but rather a general AirportExpress (though the Brussels Airlines colors remained). Also Autocars Dierickx operated buses for Sabena

History:

SN Brussels Airlines:



Sabena:

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7393/13219935183_6412cd1c75_b.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2888/12012003303_3bb39bf6aa_b.jpg
http://busglobe.com/images/2149.jpg
http://busglobe.com/images/2058.jpg
http://busglobe.com/images/2059.jpg


Previous AirportExpress / Brussels Airlines:

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8563/16012321299_8af2a4693f_b.jpg


Current version (AirportExpress / Brussels Airlines):

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5698/23394148516_fab92f7c78_b.jpg

Back in the old days Sabena even owned a few trains which were operated by the Belgian railway (NMBS/SNCB) on behalf of Sabena. Later Sabena sold the trains to the Belgian railways, the trains received a new number and some new painting with Airport Express titles.

Original:



After selling to NMBS/SNCB:

http://www.treinfoto2000.be/november2006/595%20Airport%20City%20Express%20in%20Brussel%20Noord%2016081991.jpg
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:34 pm

Quoting Vasu (Thread starter):
Is there anywhere else that this happens? I think in the majority of airports worldwide, the airport operator runs the buses and all airlines that need them use the same ones...

Sure. If you do a Google image search on "JFK Jitney" you'll see a bunch of pictures of the Delta-branded shuttle buses which operate at JFK (mostly between Terminals 2 & 4).

Also, the underground train in Terminal 3 at CVG used to be DL-branded and I believe the cars are still in an old DL color scheme. The Express Tram in the McNamara Terminal at DTW was NWA-branded until the merger and is now DL-branded.
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:07 pm

Rex (ZL) has at least one in SYD and I think QantasLink also does... branded & operated, that is.
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:55 pm

The QF ones in SYD I think are operated now by CarBridge, although most are in QF colours.
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:47 am

Quoting EMB170 (Reply 3):
While slightly off topic, AF does operate "Les Cars de Air France," which are small busses/shuttles that will take you to/from/between CDG, ORY, and central Paris.

Actually they're not operated by AF but by this large bus/rail operator with operations in many countries. They're owned 70% by the French railway (SNCF) and 30% by the Quebec government pension fund.
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:16 am

The busses for the US Express regional operation at DCA were in US Airways colors, but I remember that on at least one occasion the driver was wearing a First uniform (as in the British transport company) so presumably FirstGroup was the operator.
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:25 am

Continental had branded buses connecting EWR with Manhattan at least through the early 2000's.
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:40 am

PHL had US Airways buses that have now been rebranded as American buses. They are used to shuttle passengers between F Terminal (for regional aircraft) to the other terminals. Although these terminals have just recently been connected post-security, so these buses are not quite necessary. But they remain operating to assist passengers with the long walks. I suspect the buses will remain until an APM is built in the next 10-15 years.
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:03 am

There are British Airways branded buses at LHR used to take passengers between terminal and aircraft at remote stands.
Certainly until recently, and maybe still, the drivers are direct BA employees. For buses departing the terminal the destination display on the bus shows the flight number and the destination of the flight.

Quite a number of hub airports see smaller buses in various airline branding used to transport crews about, after all a 744 or A380 needs a lot of crew and the crew report/briefing centre may be in a different terminal to where the aircraft is parked or even in a separate building altogether.
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:02 am

At NCL we used to have one of the airport operated coaches painted in Eastern Airways colours (T3) that was used to ferry passengers between their gate and the J41s, S2000s and ERJs that park on remotes stands. However over time the airport replaced them with newer models which are now just painted in the corporate colours of the airport.
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:00 am

Korean Air has them as well:

http://www.airport-data.com/airport/photo/006256.html

And AY has the Finnair City Bus:

http://media.finnair.com/files/pdf/FINNAIR_CITY_BUS_TIMETABLE.pdf

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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:01 am

Quoting mercure1 (Reply 6):
Mahan Air has a little accident with the Havas bus a few weeks back.

Aww, the plane looks like a sad puppy that broke it's toy.


And on a more serious note, OUCH.
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:00 am

BA at LHR have BA owned and operated buses, drivers are BA employees this includes Crew Car Park and some crew hotels. National Express operates the BA Staff shuttle to locations around the airport but in BA liveried coaches.
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:18 pm

Terminal to Aircraft buses branded in airline livery are generally (though not entirely exclusively) where that airline self handles. Someone mentioned IB and TFS which is actually a good example. IB operates few flights out of TFS but IB also handles other carriers that operate into that airport.
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:33 pm

In Indonesia, busses from flights to airport terminal are operated on carrier operated busses.

In HKG, airport operated busses are used.
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:46 pm

Quoting hispanola (Reply 2):
Madrid is full of Iberia-branded busses. They are used to serve any airline's flight, regardless of terminal. Even at Terminal 1 you can see them being used to bring passengers to planes parked at a ramp.
Quoting PatrickZ80 (Reply 5):

Those buses and other handling equipment are owned by Iberia Airport Services, a handling company that offers its services in many Spanish airports to a large number of airlines, not only Iberia.

http://handling.iberia.es/portal/site/WebAeropuertos/?idioma=en
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:09 pm

Busses at FCO are branded Alitalia. They even carry the new branding.

 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:59 pm

Tehran is paradise. If you fly from Mehrabad Airport, every airline operates their own buses.
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:35 am

That's what I wonder - how many of these are actually operated by the airline itself, to service their own aircraft on the apron? Or how many are just covered in paid-for advertising... Or how many are just operated by ground handlers that are linked to airline parent companies...?
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:36 am

In addition to the former US Airways branded buses (Now American) at PHL, they also have them at DCA operating between the commuter hard-stands and gate 35X. They are German made (Cobus 3000 in PHL; Cobus 2700 in DCA).
 
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RE: Airline-branded Airport Buses

Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:35 am

KLM and Air France offer branded bus connections between YUL and YOW that connect with their AMS-YUL and CDG-YUL flights in both directions. The buses bear KL and AF flight numbers. They've been doing that for years. The buses arrive at and depart from the VIA Rail station in Ottawa. Travel time 2 hours.

AF bus:



KL bus:



Related news item from last June (sorry French only) when they introduced new buses on those services.
http://www.tourismeplus.com/html/article.php?idnouvelle=23746

Swissair and/or Swiss also used to do that also but LX now seems to only show codeshare connections on AC flights YUL-YOW-YUL.

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