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I am reading a table explaining how to plan multiple diversion returns from an individual station:

  • widebody gate departures - xx minutes
  • narrow body gate departures - xx minutes
  • all hard stand departures - xx minutes

I am not a native English speaker and do not understand what a "hard stand departure" is.

Could anybody please explain this term?

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    $\begingroup$ A departure originate from hard stand instead of jet bridge at terminal? $\endgroup$ – vasin1987 Mar 13 '15 at 6:06
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A hardstand is a type of parking spot separate from the terminal. Wide/narrow body gates are associated with the connection to the terminal, where a hardstand is just an area of pavement reinforced for heavy vehicles (or airplanes).

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