Concepts and Considerations in the Planning of Ramp Systems for the Jumbo Jets 680705
The introduction of jumbo jet aircraft necessitates new concepts in ramp systems in order to fully realize the potential of these aircraft through maximum utilization. Ground support equipment for the Boeing 747, McDonald-Douglas DC-10, and Lockheed 1011 must be of special design and manufacture for efficient aircraft servicing as part of an over-all ramp system. Various approaches to passenger, baggage, cargo and galley module handling are considered and relative merits discussed. Airlines and equipment manufacturers must soon make final selections of ramp systems in order to have equipment on the line for the debut of the jumbo jets.