From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Christopher Davis) Organization: Electronic Frontier Foundation Tech Central Date: 11 Sep 93 13:45:48 PDT References: 1 2
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KS> == Karl Swartz <kls@ohare.Chicago.COM> KS> [I]t's not unreasonable to expect an HSCT within twenty years. That KS> appears to put a rather quick cap on the life of the 650-seat KS> behemoth(s), though the rapidly growly airfreight business may offer a KS> continued market for these beasts while passenger traffic migrates to KS> HSCT. This is, of course, the exact same scenario envisioned for the 747, in the days when the American SST was still a going project. Both _Legend and Legacy_ and Clive Irving's _Wide Body_ point out that the upper-deck cockpit was designed to allow easy freight loading through the nose, and that freighter conversion was explicitly planned into the 747 design. I'm less sure that this scenario will happen between the superjumbo and the HSCT. Deregulation has passed, and the goal for many airlines is now to cut seat-mile costs as low as possible and pack 'em in. The HSCT will have to be noticably more economical than the Concorde, which is of course one of the many claims made for the HSCT, but the Concorde's original claims were also for somewhat better monetary gain than it has shown. (Note that I'm unconvinced about the need for the superjumbo, as well, but did want to note the interesting historical parallel involved.) -- Christopher Davis # People on the net are always telling other people to "get <email@example.com> # a life." It would be so much simpler if there were one <firstname.lastname@example.org> # available under the GPL. "If you use this life, you must [CKD1] MIME RIPEM # tell other people where to get a life of their own."