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!
"The A380 can only operate at a handful of airports around the world because of its massive size."
My understanding is that ALL airports that will take an A380 will have to invest a large fortune in upgrades to
everything from runways to gateways.
Who will pay? Obviously, airline passengers, even if they never fly on a 380, and taxpayers will foot the bill for this monster.
I place my vote for Boeing.
posted on 02/16/2006 4:16:59 AM PST
(Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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