Re: A3XX vs B747-600 (was: Airbus lawsuit coming?)

From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
Date:         26 Jul 96 10:59:14 
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>That may be true, but one must not extend the wing too much.  The
>maximum wing span has just about been reached for commercial aircraft,
>for the time being.  Extending the wing size would mean new airport
>terminal design for nose-in-gate positioning or parking the aircraft
>out on an apron and using shuttle busses.

It's more than just that -- there's also the problem of clearance on
the runways and taxiways.  Think of the "alley" at LAX, the parallel
taxiways just west of the Bradley International Terminal, or the
typical taxiway parallel to a runway.  Some of these already have
restrictions that preclude two 747-400s from passing, at least at
certain spots.

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