Airport Apron Buses

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I'm really interested in these because I find them interesting to look at.
Could I get some information about each different types of Apron Bus Thank You:)
 
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http://www.cobus.us/4-0-cobus-models.html

One of the most used types of airside buses comes from Contac Cobus. Have a look at the above link for information on their current models. Other airports, especially in the UK sometimes use regular bus types such as Mercedes-Benz Citaro.
 

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Does anybody remember the Orabdors Vorfeldbus which was like a truck cab and trailer.
Iberia use to have them dominating the Spanish Airports but i think they've gone now please confirm this.
 

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Not all airports use specially adapted buses. Luton has some ex-Stagecoach London bendy buses and Stansted has ex-Go Ahead(?) equivalents. I actually prefer normal service buses as they have more seats and places to lean on etc when the buses get packed.

The coolest are probably those 'plane mate' type units in service at Washington Dulles.
 
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Yes I remember seeing those Iberia trailer buses, think they had IVeco tractor units, don't know if they are still in use.

Manchester Airport also used to have a fleet of airside Leyland Nationals with an offside door in the middle. British Airways used to have Optare Deltas and use Citaros at Heathrow. I have also seen pictures of Neoplan purpose built airside buses.
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Does anybody remember the Orabdors Vorfeldbus which was like a truck cab and trailer.
Iberia use to have them dominating the Spanish Airports but i think they've gone now please confirm this.

http://www.globalphotos.org/barcelona/20050421/RIMG0503.jpg

Are these the ones you're thinking of in the middle of this picture?
 

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Not all airports use specially adapted buses. Luton has some ex-Stagecoach London bendy buses and Stansted has ex-Go Ahead(?) equivalents. I actually prefer normal service buses as they have more seats and places to lean on etc when the buses get packed.

The coolest are probably those 'plane mate' type units in service at Washington Dulles.

The mobile lounge! Quite an experience especially when you're not expecting it.
 

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I've also seen coaches on the airport apron being used for airside transfer can anybody confirm this?

I have seen coaches, both full size and midi in use on the Tarmac at Manchester at least, operated by Selywns.
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Found this article online in German about different types of airside bus. Google translate does a reasonable translation. Photos and a bit of a history included.

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.modellbus.info%2Fmonat-041.htm
 

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Many coaches belonging to London-based operators (and presumably others who have do airport work) have an amber flashing light on the roof, should they need to venture airside.
 
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