The FMT Over-The-Wing (OTW) type of Passenger Boarding Bridges were originally developed in the end of 1980’s for use with DC-9 and MD-80 type of aircraft.
Already at that time it was proven the OTW Bridge can reduce the turnaround time with about 50%.
The second generation of OTW Bridge was developed around year 2000 and made mainly for service of Boeing 737 aircraft.
The OTW connects to the aft door of an aircraft and is a complement to the front door bridge.
The OTW Bridge is operated from the front door bridge by a single push button, which starts the docking sequence where after the docking motion is entirely computer controlled. The time limitation for connection to the aft aircraft door is 1 minute!
OTW Bridges for larger aircraft has been asked for by customers/airlines and FMT has an internal program for this work.