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Boeing 747-8 vs A380: A titanic tussle
FlightInterational.com ^ | 14/02/06 | Staff

Posted on 02/15/2006 3:43:53 PM PST by Paleo Conservative

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1 posted on 02/15/2006 3:43:55 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

The 380 is going to cripple Airbus.


2 posted on 02/15/2006 3:45:41 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Nothing like handicapping American companies that have to compete against foreign companies which are subsidized by their governments.


3 posted on 02/15/2006 3:48:56 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Paleo Conservative
The Boeing aircraft will triumph in Asia where Boeing has agreed to source parts in return for aircraft sales.

However, there will be a day when China enters this market with their own designs, then it will be all over.

4 posted on 02/15/2006 3:56:38 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Paleo Conservative
Ok you air craft design engineers, help me understand something. Why the double deck? Why not a wider body instead?

It is my understanding that an airplane with wings below the fuselage is less stable than when the body of the plane is 'slung' below the wing. So it would seem to me that a double decker would be even more unstable. Lastly, a wider body could be used to create a lifting frame but I would not see it impacting the stability of the aircraft.

Since I see that others are going with the double deck, I must be missing something.
5 posted on 02/15/2006 3:58:32 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Paleo Conservative
...there is no improvement from the 1960s comfort standard,” says Carcaillet.

Sure there is... the passengers don't have to wear polyester.

6 posted on 02/15/2006 3:58:51 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: KeyLargo

The A380 can only operate at a handful of airports around the world because of its massive size. It is too heavy, even Airbus engineers admitted it was over target weight, and too large. The 747-8 will be able to operate at every airport the current 747-400 can. Plus, can you imagine trying to get off a plane with 550-600 other people? Talk about the long turn around times airlines will be faced with!


7 posted on 02/15/2006 4:00:00 PM PST by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: CWOJackson
The big problems (literally!) for the A380 are:

1. You need strengthened and widened runways and taxiways to handle a plane far wider than the 747 and also weighing around 1 million pounds!

2. You need a terminal gate with increased handling capacity for the plane.

3. You might even need to increase wake turbulence separation for the the A380.

Small wonder why airlines are finding the 777-200LR, 777-300LR, 787-8 and 787-9 vastly more attractive, since they don't need expensive revamping of most current international airports.

8 posted on 02/15/2006 4:01:31 PM PST by RayChuang88
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To: KeyLargo

Boeing has more cash than France :)~


9 posted on 02/15/2006 4:08:28 PM PST by fhlh (Polls are for strippers and liberal spinsters.)
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To: taxcontrol

The Plane can't have an overly-wide body because they have to use airports that are designed for todays jets. Thats why Airbus will have a problem with the A380 it's wider than the 747 derivitive. Thats what I have heard.


10 posted on 02/15/2006 4:09:07 PM PST by puppypusher
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11 posted on 02/15/2006 4:09:19 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: RayChuang88
There's plenty of other issues.

As designed and flown it doesn't have the structural strength or power to deliver as promised; once they factored in the extras (showers, clubs, stores, etc) it would be overweight, underpowered and structurally weak. That is why they immediately had to delay the intended rollout date...and the modifications are going to cut into cost/performance estimates.

It's a design dinosaur, taking 40 year old design and construction to an extreme.

It's inflexible for changing routes. Yes, an airline could condense two-three flights into one, however, it can't work backwards. If that route is suddenly less productive you can't leave one third of the plane at home. Also consider the fact that you now offer one flight time a day, not two or three like your competitors.

Lastly, look at the L1011. It was one of the best airliners ever built. Soon after it started operating one went down in the Florida everglades when a 5 cent light bulb burned out...and pilot error. Because of the high loss of life and media coverage orders for this new plane dried up over night, airlines already flying them sold them off and the company building them eventually went under. WHEN a 380 goes in it's going to be horrible.

12 posted on 02/15/2006 4:11:36 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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To: Last Dakotan

You owe me a keyboard!


13 posted on 02/15/2006 4:18:29 PM PST by irishtenor (At 270 pounds, I am twice the bike rider Lance is.)
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To: CWOJackson
and the company building them eventually went under

Lockheed? They're still around but of course, no longer in the commercial airline biz.

14 posted on 02/15/2006 4:19:37 PM PST by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: fhlh

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Never try to outspend somebody who can print his own money...


15 posted on 02/15/2006 4:20:34 PM PST by gridlock (eliminate perverse incentives)
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation
I should have said their division.

The L1011 was an excellent aircraft that's gone on to become a great air cargo carrier.

16 posted on 02/15/2006 4:21:12 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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John Leahy is quick to make, and he is unconvinced that his rival will manage to break out from the freight market. “Our competitor sold a few 747-8 freighters. This’ll be the first time in the history of aviation that anyone has made a successful programme out of just freighters,” he says.


Airbus's arguments are like listening to islamics bitch about victimhood. Its always the same line of whining baseless crap.
The new passenger version of the 747-8 was only annouced a few months ago.


17 posted on 02/15/2006 4:24:05 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: Paleo Conservative

The A380 is Airbus's

A) éléphant blanc

B) Edsel

C) All of the above

D) Same difference


19 posted on 02/15/2006 4:31:32 PM PST by TeddyCon
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To: Paleo Conservative
No matter what the critics say about the 747-8I being a " OLD DESIGN " ... still ? the 747 ( IMOHO ) looks more modern, aerodynamic, and stylish than the A-380.
20 posted on 02/15/2006 4:44:15 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Paleo Conservative
No matter what the critics say, airlines were begging Boeing to come up with a derivative of the 747 like the one we have now 10 years ago, except ? Boeing could not have pulled it off at that time because of the engines, but, now ? they have the GEnx engines that have given the 747 a new birth on life.
21 posted on 02/15/2006 4:47:06 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: CWOJackson
and the company building them eventually went under.

Lockheed is still in business. They did however, get out of the commercial market. The reason L-1011 production stopped is because Lockheed lost market share to McDonnell Douglas with the DC-10, Boeing with the 767 and Airbus with the A300.

Because of the high loss of life and media coverage orders for this new plane dried up over night, airlines already flying them sold them off and the company building them eventually went under.

Baloney. The Eastern crash in the Everglades occurred in December of 1972, nearly 11 years prior to the cessation of production in October of 1983. 229 aircraft were delivered post crash. Even though they built 252 Tristars they never recouped their development costs, loosing $2.5 billion on the project. Competition is what killed the L-1011.

22 posted on 02/15/2006 4:47:09 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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The L1011's were still used but mostly in the air freight market.


23 posted on 02/15/2006 4:48:33 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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To: Citizen of the Savage Nation

Lot of them in cargo, just like the MD-80s, Dc-10s.


24 posted on 02/15/2006 4:52:04 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: KeyLargo
Bloomberg articles are not permitted. Here.
25 posted on 02/15/2006 4:52:15 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Paleo Conservative

How did they fix the landing gear problems?


26 posted on 02/15/2006 4:56:00 PM PST by e_castillo
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To: RayChuang88; Paleo Conservative
Those engines are straining! How about a vertical landing? LOL!


27 posted on 02/15/2006 6:12:51 PM PST by phantomworker (Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.)
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To: fhlh

Not more cash than the European union. Airbus is owned by a bunch of socialist countries.


28 posted on 02/15/2006 6:15:01 PM PST by phantomworker (Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
I love your posts. Thank you for the pings.

They teach me something I know nothing about but care very much. Sometimes I have a hard time comparing the differences in the planes. Like, what is important and what is not.

All I know is, I will NOT fly on any of these large aircraft. It is getting insane. What next, an aircraft like a cruise ship with 4,000 people on it?

29 posted on 02/15/2006 7:37:28 PM PST by AGreatPer
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To: AGreatPer

The next generation 747 shouldn't be an issue; it's built around a well established airframe.


30 posted on 02/15/2006 7:39:01 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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“The A380 is between 10% and 16% per seat heavier than the 747-8...The net result of these efficiencies is that the 747-8I’s operating costs are 22% lower than the A380’s per trip and 6% lower per seat, says Baseler [of Boeing].

As I recall, Boeing has an reputation of not exaggerating these types of comparisons. Does it seem to anyone else, however, that Airbus has been a little "cute" with the facts about such things as the final mass* of its A380-oppotamus?

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*I use the term "mass" as all aircraft weigh nothing at the point of takeoff.

31 posted on 02/15/2006 8:01:13 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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I can't tell you how many times I have been happy with the 747's. Coming back from Monrovia to NY, we had to land in Boston with one engine. Wheeww. And Logan (Boston) is a short runway.

I found it funny how each airline gives the 747 its own personality. Pan Am was the best. Loved the Clippers.

South African Airlines was the second best, they trying to be propa like the English. Heathrow to Jo-Berg was always a hoot on SAA.

I am thinking the competition is good.

Retired, I hardly fly anymore. Such a shame. There is no greater experience in the world if you pay attention and don't go to sleep when there is daylight.

32 posted on 02/15/2006 8:06:10 PM PST by AGreatPer
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To: AGreatPer

Pan Am will always remain my favorite. Juan Trippe was an amazing man. I never flew SAA but I've flown many, My favorite will remain "Red Tail" airlines though.


33 posted on 02/15/2006 8:09:06 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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To: taxcontrol
It is my understanding that an airplane with wings below the fuselage is less stable than when the body of the plane is 'slung' below the wing.

Not an AE but as a former private pilot I can say it is really difficult to tell the difference in stability between a high wing and low wing plane, if both aircraft are the same type (e.g. trainer). Switching between the two, it was really not a factor you needed to be aware of except for the difference in visibility.

In the realm of R/C models, other factors, such as wing dihedral, make much more difference.

34 posted on 02/15/2006 8:15:52 PM PST by steve86 (@)
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To: CWOJackson
On the smaller eastern routs, Henson was the best.

They used to slow down on purpose around NY City and other cities to give you the full view.

Give me a window seat please.

35 posted on 02/15/2006 8:18:56 PM PST by AGreatPer
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To: CWOJackson; AGreatPer; Central Scrutiniser; phantomworker; Clemenza; RayChuang88; COEXERJ145
AGreatPer Pan Am will always remain my favorite. Juan Trippe was an amazing man. I never flew SAA but I've flown many, My favorite will remain "Red Tail" airlines though.

I didn't find PanAm to be special at least not in economy. My favorite 747 was the Braniff 747-100 they flew to Hawaii. It had 9 abreast seating configured 2-4-3 in economy so it was very comfortable. They served 5 star restaurant quality meals in first class and their normal 727 first class meals in economy. They also had a an area in each cabin with club seating.

36 posted on 02/15/2006 8:22:43 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative
My favorite 747 was the Braniff 747-100 they flew to Hawaii.

The giant flying pumpkin. LOL

37 posted on 02/15/2006 8:23:44 PM PST by COEXERJ145 ("I hope the Republicans suffer huge defeats in the House/Senate in 2006!"-xrp [Weekly Dumb Comment])
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To: AGreatPer
I almost forgot about this thread...thanks for the ping.

The Red Tail airlines I was referring to is the U.S. Coast Guard. I flew them in and out of different locations in the Aleutians and Pribilof's often.

I've had the pleasure of flying with a lot of small carriers but the one I enjoyed the most was Reeve's Aleutian. After his death his wife still worked at the counter in Anchorage. She often took passengers into the office for coffee and a chat. Their planes were mostly old, but well maintained and super friendly.

38 posted on 02/15/2006 8:25:21 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Do you know who was responsible for causing the 747 to come into existence?


39 posted on 02/15/2006 8:26:10 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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To: CWOJackson

Juan Trippe. Do you know what plane killed PanAm?


40 posted on 02/15/2006 8:27:24 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Seaplaner
*I use the term "mass" as all aircraft weigh nothing at the point of takeoff.

Interesting. I didn't know that.

41 posted on 02/15/2006 8:27:47 PM PST by phantomworker (Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.)
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42 posted on 02/15/2006 8:30:08 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Juan Trippe?


43 posted on 02/15/2006 8:30:19 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Oops. The 747.


44 posted on 02/15/2006 8:31:24 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Do you know what plane killed PanAm?

N739PA, "Clipper Maid of the Seas"

45 posted on 02/15/2006 8:33:13 PM PST by COEXERJ145 ("I hope the Republicans suffer huge defeats in the House/Senate in 2006!"-xrp [Weekly Dumb Comment])
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To: AGreatPer; Paleo Conservative

My dream flight would have been on the Boeing Model 314. If you go to the Boeing Museum of flight they have very little on it. What a shame...it was one heck of a plane.


46 posted on 02/15/2006 8:33:21 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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What's wrong with this picture?


47 posted on 02/15/2006 8:34:29 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: CWOJackson
I loved those airplanes!


48 posted on 02/15/2006 8:40:35 PM PST by Fast Ed97
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To: Paleo Conservative

Besides there being none with Braniff or any other airline?


49 posted on 02/15/2006 8:41:05 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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To: Fast Ed97

A great plane that should have done far better.


50 posted on 02/15/2006 8:42:25 PM PST by CWOJackson (Tancredo? Wasn't he the bounty hunter in Star Wars?)
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