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Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:33 pm
by kingsavo
I just recently caught a few minutes of the documentary of Dubai Airport. in it they were talking about the new concourse D being built. It said they would have several gates that were capable of operating two planes at the same time. Could someone please explain to me the ins and outs of this configuration.

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:51 pm
by CanadianNorth
Around here we have a pair of gates that both have two aircraft lines to one bridge/gate. The idea is one airplane can angle in, use the bridge to off load, and then if it is parking for the night or sitting around on a long turn you can close it all up and then swing the bridge over and use it for another airplane without having to move the first one around. It was done so we could have four parking spots with bridge access but they only had to buy and install two bridges.

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:18 am
by IPFreely
The United Express operation at O'Hare's terminal 2 support two planes and sometimes more per gate.

You generally go down some stairs, walk out toward an arrangement of parked regional jets, take your best guess at which one is yours, and board.

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:19 am
by TWA772LR
IAH infamous "dungeon" was one gate, B84, A-S. 19 planes at one gate.

Also, there are ones like B85/B85A, one door, 2 jetbridges. Confusing for pax when both gates are boarding at the same time.

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:22 am
by UltimateDelta
Here's an example of the multiple painted lines for a given gate. Delta frequently has 3-4 aircraft RON at OMA, and they often park two MD-88/90/A320-sized aircraft at A2 (the gate on the right).

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:25 am
by L-188
AS used to do that at the old B1/B3 gates at ANC back when they were still operating 737-200 combis.

Since with one exception those aircraft had built in airstairs and didn't use the jetway. They would walk the passengers downstairs and then out the right airplane. I think they still might do that at one of the C gates in ANC to this day.

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:44 pm
by zeke
Quoting kingsavo (Thread starter):

This is some lateral thinking with modern wide body gates, if they are designed to handle large widebodies often they can fit two narrow bodies at a slight angle with a bridge connecting to each aircraft. Say it's Gate 16 for the wide body, it might be 16A and 16B when two narrow bodies use it. My biggest gripe with the setup is the taxi lines for the narrow bodies are striped and it's hard to see the differences at night when wet with all of the reflection from the terminal flood lights.

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:05 pm
by klm672
Quoting IPFreely (Reply 2):
The United Express operation at O'Hare's terminal 2 support two planes and sometimes more per gate.

You generally go down some stairs, walk out toward an arrangement of parked regional jets, take your best guess at which one is yours, and board.

CVG did/does the same thing.

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:29 am
by longhauler
Quoting IPFreely (Reply 2):
You generally go down some stairs, walk out toward an arrangement of parked regional jets, take your best guess at which one is yours, and board.

I remember when CP first merged into AC, I was flying the B737. As Terminal Two at YYZ was now very crowded, this arrangement was often used for the B737 and F28 aircraft, as they both had airstairs.

"Best guess" is a great way to put it, as once I was working AC616 (a B737), leaving at 0800 to St. John's. Right beside us, down the same stairs, from the same gate, and at exactly the same time was AC660 (an F28) flying to Saint John!

I don't know how many announcements we made on board about Newfoundland vs. New Brunswick ... but, still we left with the wrong passengers!

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:27 am
by AirIndia
Look at the map:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dubai+International+Airport/@25.2584361,55.3433605,732m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x3e5f5d0693260e69:0xe695d4007a48eee9!6m1!1e1?hl=en

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:03 am
by christao17
Long ago at Denver Stapleton, UA operations were so congested that they were parking planes nose-to-tail behind planes at the jetways. Traveled through there so many times, you would take air stairs and walk across the tarmac past the plane that was parked at the jetway.

Of course, this arrangement was problematic as if there was any delay with the plane parked further out on the tarmac, it would block the plane at the jetway from departing.

RE: Two Planes At The Same Gate

Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:22 am
by a320fan
Quoting zeke (Reply 6):
This is some lateral thinking with modern wide body gates, if they are designed to handle large widebodies often they can fit two narrow bodies at a slight angle with a bridge connecting to each aircraft. Say it's Gate 16 for the wide body, it might be 16A and 16B when two narrow bodies use it. My biggest gripe with the setup is the taxi lines for the narrow bodies are striped and it's hard to see the differences at night when wet with all of the reflection from the terminal flood lights.

Boarded my last flight through one of those type of gates. Gate 15 at AKL, after the EK A380 left two JQ A320s were towed in, a jetway to each.