Date: 26 Apr 98 03:44:47 From: "Thomas A. Beckley" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: All USENET -- http://www.Supernews.com References: 1 2 3
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>But back to the subject at hand: the 757-300 would make a truly HORRIBLE >aircraft for use on high-volume short-haul routes. With only one aisle, >you'd spend longer boarding and disembarking passengers than you'd spend in >the air! Boeing has said this was a concern among their customers, so they did some computer modeling of the loading and unloading procedures, an artile about which can be found here: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/aeromagazine/t/t01/index.html Basically, they found that the 757-300 took 6.5 minutes longer to turn around than the 757-200, and that there were ways that they could shorten it further. They found that using the 2 door instead of the 1 saved a minute (I know Delta already does this on their -200's whenever possible), using both doors saved 5 minutes (this is tough, because as someone recently pointed out in a thread about the 777, there are very few gates with two jetways), and using alternative loading methods could save as much as 17 minutes (window seats first, then aisle seats instead of back to front).