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

From:         Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang)
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Date:         05 Aug 96 04:21:20 
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In article <airliners.1996.1562@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
C. Marin Faure <faurecm@halcyon.com> wrote:
>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.

These arguments have been mentioned many times, and they are certainly
very valid arguments.  Nevertheless, aren't these arguments similar to
the ones that was raised when the B747 was first designed nearly thirty
years ago?