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Automated equipment for boarding introduced by United.

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United Airlines has announced that it is to introduce new automated boarding equipment to make boarding aircraft easier.

The first of five advanced jet bridges was reportedly installed on Thursday (7 September) at Denver International Airport by United.

According to The Associated Press, the dual-end bridge connects to both doors of a narrow-body aircraft, arching over the wing to the back door, to allow for simultaneous loading or unloading of passengers.

The bridge is reportedly able to connect to the aircraft automatically, using sensors.

The first bridge is now operational on flights operated by United's economy carrier Ted. The airline said it plans to install the bridges at other airports in the future.

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Title Annotation:United Air Lines Inc.
Publication:Airline Industry Information
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 8, 2006
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