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Multiple Jet Bridges Are An Interesting Boarding Idea That’s Never Taken Off

It’s fair to say that dual jet bridges never really took off. The reasons are pretty obvious though. It’s complex to build and maintain a jet bridge that telescopes over a wing then is able to descend back down to be level with a boarding door. Even though its technically feasible, it is always technically complex, risky, and expensive. ( More...

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tony evans 9
Its not the jet bridges that is slowing down the boarding process but rather the passengers with overstuffed carry on that they cant even lift into the over head bin. Even two year olds are carrying on the maximum size permitted. Stop charging for checked baggage, charge for carry on except for personal items and that problem will go away. Also make for better weight control instead of applying the laws of averages.
there was an article similar to this one posted a while back regarding dual door jet bridges..i actually remember quite some time ago ( i believe it was early 70's or thereabouts)boarding a delta widebody at dfw airport, and they did have a jetbridge using two doors to was for first class passengers only, and the other other was for coach and economy..if memory serves me right,the boarding was a smooth and quick process due to the use of the double doors on both the plane and the jetbridge...
jmoyikjr 3
Yeah, a looong time ago, in the '70s, my family and I boarded an AA747 at JFK with 2 bridges. First class through one, Coach the other. Our exotic destination, LAX. Wore a jacket and tie.
I boarded one in this same configuration back in about 1993, I think, but I can't remember where I was. I was headed to Frankfurt from DFW but I think this was at a plane-change stop. Perhaps in Atlanta. In any case, boarding was MUCH smoother and I really wish this had taken off as standard procedure.
Peter McGrath 1
I also remember when flying was a serious experience. Men wore suits and women wore dresses and it even included a meal-with metal flatware! (Jeez, I'm old!). Flying now is one step above Greyhound, although on a bus most people wore clothes instead of pajamas!
C J 2
Rarely see this in the US but always in Europe.
sparkie624 1
Used to see it all the time in Atlanta
Really? I never thought of that..I go back and forth to Europe and get on board through dual bridges all the time..
homburge 2
If you travel long-haul in Asia, the good airlines (Singapore, JAL, Cathay, EVA, etc) always use two bridges to load. They can seat a full 777 in less than 20 minutes that way. Usually the front bridge is pulled back about 10 minutes prior, and the middle one is the last to go before pushback.

American airports are designed to pack in as many planes as you can, and mostly now are single-aisle, smaller planss that don't have the second door (757 is the exception). So you don't see dual bridges in the US.

The A380 uses them almost as a necessity because there are so many people on the upper deck.
Mark Kortum 1
Hong Kong (Chek Lap Kok) uses two entrances most of the time.
tom239 2
Just roll two sets of stairs up to the plane as is done at, for example, Burbank (KBUR).
Highflyer1950 1
Years ago where there were no jetways, single aisle jets would use two sets of air stairs. Passengers would exit the rear and new pass would enter from the front. Very fast, very efficient however no protection from the weather.
Peter Fuller 2
Boarding a single-aisle plane through two bridges would just introduce passengers twice as fast into the log jam in the aisle, where folks jockey for space in the overhead bins in which to cram all their worldly possessions.
sparkie624 1
Depends on the plane... If there is a Mid Cabin door like on the 757 they can load the Mid and forward cabin at the same time.... Depends on the plane.
sparkie624 2
Actually an old idea.... 747's in Atlanta have done that in the past. Also have seen it on the 777's, but not as common.
Not just 747s. Here at YYZ, we have a dual jet bridge that's solely used for the A380 when Emirates lands there. I believe it's at gate F28 or F30.
sparkie624 2
Forgot about that little plane.. LOL... Yes, that one truly needs at least 2
Frank Harvey 1
Back in the last century some wintertime eastbound transatlantic British Airways 747s would take on food carts through a rear door at CYQB. Some of us in-transit at the back of steerage would feel the severe temperature drop as soon as they popped the hatch. I seem to recall stews putting on gloves and coats before bringing the carts on board.
I’ve only seen/used a dual entry jet bridge on a 340, a 380, and b 747 aircraft. I have seen fore and aft doors used in Europe with stair trucks from the apron in smaller aircraft.
come to think of it, i have seen 37s and the like with dual boarding. but that was with overseas airports, using roller stairs at the front and back of the plane.
paul gilpin 2
this is the reason for the wing flipper uppers on the new 777. the airports were complaining about the wingspan taking up too much property.
the three things the airlines want, the fuel efficiency of a cessna 172, the wingspan of a 737, the capacity of an A380.
Actually the first flights included adjacent parking of aircraft which meant that planes could arrive without tugs. However it was a wated resource that nose in parking with tugs backing out because more efficient. I lived in KC and MCI used to have TWA use thrust reverse to back out of gates - but that's another story
as others have said, most aircraft in the US are smaller single aisle planes. having a dedicated 2nd entry when it may be used 1 day or 1/week is a poor use of space at an airport.
on top of that, with a single aisle, once a passenger stops to get into their seat, all must wait for that person to clear out before moving on. with the wide body craft it may be possible to "jump around" and bypass that particular blockage.
Callie Biemer 1
Southwest used to have a single gate at DAL with a second jetway that would swing over the wing to the aft door. The only issue I had with it was that there was a pretty big gap between the bottom of the door and the jetway because of how the fuselage curves back there. Now that 737s have the blended winglets I don't think it would be possible to have the same setup.
Ric Ben 1
It looks like the multiple jet bridges are going the way of the mobile lounges, two headed busses and plane mates used for boarding and disembarkation from aircraft transferring passengers between the concourses and to and from the main terminal building like at Dulles.
Lance Neward 1
I worked for TWA in the early days of the 747. Two of our stations, LAX and SFO, both had over-the-wing Jetways, to enable two-door boarding/deplaning, something everyone thought would be needed, given the pax load of a 747. The agents, even experienced Jetway drivers, were very concerned about making a driving mistake with bridge and damaging the airplane. The mating section of the bridge was cantilevered out over the wing and the physics meant that the end of the Jetway would move around, a lot, until mated with the fuselage. Eventually, with all factors considered, we decided that single door boarding/deplaning would suffice. The otw at SFO ended up as a storage area for office supplies.
WhiteKnight77 1
I seem to recall there being 2 jetways that Flying Tigers used to board the 747s that carried military personnel to Okinawa though not at Kadena where airstairs were used. I seem to recall seeing multiple jetways/air bridges at European airports unlike here in the US as well.


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