Dual Doors Loading and Unloading

Discussion in 'Southwest Airlines/Airtran Airways' started by swamt, May 31, 2017.

  1. swamt

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    Southwest has tried this before. Not sure why they are trying it again. If I remember correctly the reason last time was to expensive to install all the dual bridges for the rear entry and exit. Not sure if this is the exact same thing from before but we will see.

    U.S.San Francisco Chronicle
    Southwest testing faster deplaning process at San Jose, Sacramento airports
     
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    #2 jimntx, May 31, 2017
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    Don't need dual jetbridges. The coach passengers can jump into a nice thick mattress on the ground. Or, you could unload them 1 catering truck full at a time and shuttle them over to the jetbridge staircase.:eek:

    Just remembered, nothing but coach on SWA. I guess I was imagining how we would handle this at AA.

    However, one could still use the catering trucks to remove passengers in the rear of the airplane. Make 'em stand up, shoulder to shoulder, and you could probably get 40-50 to the truckload.
     
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    Airstairs work just fine for the rest of the world...

    I remember WN had tested over-the-wing jetbridges until one of them damaged an airplane...
     
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    I also don't remember if the winglets were on or not. Bad memory of time frame.
     
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    I guess the dual unloading is working. Although done a little different then last time. No more over the wing jet way to the aft door. Just wheel up an air stair and the customers unload to the tarmac then into the terminal. To me that tells me that more people (security reasons) are needed to watch and control the passengers deplaning onto the tarmac. Probably not used in bad weather cases. But if it slows the time the aircraft is on the ground then SWA will use it as they need all the time they can get to squeeze in another flight per gate everywhere.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/9ea4dc7a-0286-3c04-a6ef-347c4b2a5173/ss_at-southwest-airlines,-two.html
     
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    From what I had heard SWA pulled the rear jetway that was extending over or around the wing. Some damage have happened and I think they pulled them. They are now testing to wheel up an airstair to the rear and unload at 2 doors. So to answer your question they are again trying it.
     

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