I wanted to talk about what aircraft and features should come along with large stands or maybe even extra large stands. First I will go over new features that could be added to medium stands and the aircraft to give you guys some perspective on the rest of my idea.
The aircraft included in the medium stand should be the B757, any plane in the B737 fleet, any plane in the A320 fleet and any jet aircraft smaller than that such as A220’s and A319’s.
The medium stand has a maximum of 1 jet bridge. The medium stand should be able to have pipes to refuel as an upgrade option to replace the need for fuel trucks but will not be needed. The ramp agents individually put the bags on a conveyor belt and then put them on a cart.
Aircraft: B767, B777, B787, A330, A340 and the A350. The 777 should be in the large class because it is large but fairly smaller than the 747.
The large stand will start out with no jet bridge like the medium but for $10,000 each, you can upgrade to get up to 2 jet bridges. This allows one to attach to the front and one to the middle. The first class passengers would enter through the front door while the economy would go through the middle door. This will allow for faster boarding times preventing delays. The pipes for refueling will be an upgrade option but if you want to use a fuel truck it would have to be the larger trailer truck because the planes are that large. Most planes of this size do not individually load bags. These planes use a pallet filled with bags that are made to go into the cargo hold. If you do not know what I am talking about I will include a picture at the bottom. The pallets will be loaded and unloaded at the baggage bays and then put on the plane. Putting the pallets on will require a new vehicle. Instead of a loader belt, there will be a platform that can go up and down to put the pallets on. Can be used as a remote stand.
Extra Large Stand:
This stand will offer the upgrade for 3 jet bridges, one for the front bottom, one for the middle bottom and one for the top front. Many airports that service these planes have the 3 jet bridge system. The refueling pipe will be included and refueling by truck will not be an option because the planes are just so large. The pallet loading system will be used just like in the large stands. Because of the size of these planes the stands cannot be remote, they have to be connected to a building.