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

From:         faurecm@halcyon.com (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc.
Date:         04 Aug 96 16:44:55 
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In article <airliners.1996.1506@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Chuanga@cris.com (H
Andrew Chuang) wrote:

> Then, my question is will Boeing feel comfortable leaving the
> over-600-seat market to Airbus?


If there IS a 600-plus-seat market.  The costs of not only the airplane
but the modifications needed to terminal, ramp, boarding,
customs/immigration, and baggage handling systems to accomodate such
airplanes are staggering.  The concept of using LARGER airplanes to
accomodate the growing demand for air transportation because most airports
are hindered from expanding their facilities to accomodate MORE airplanes
is sound, but the practicality and cost-effectiveness of actually
developing the airplanes and making the necessary modifications to the
terminal systems is still very much in question.  Whether or not you see
the A-3XX or the extended 747 family is solely dependent upon whether or
not a viable market exists, a question which at this point in time is very
much unanswered.  So don't go out an buy a wide-angle lens yet.  You may
not need it.

C. Marin Faure
   author, Flying a Floatplane