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Small Windows In A380  
User currently offlineDutchflyer From Netherlands, joined Feb 2004, 169 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 3262 times:

Looking at the pictures of the A380, the windows appear to be relatively small compared to other plane windows. Has that something to do with structural strength (windows can't be as big as normal) or are the windows normal sized.

Any comments on that.

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[Edited 2004-03-30 16:28:17]

Just to be sure: I'm not criticizing the A380, just raising a question.

[Edited 2004-03-30 16:36:26]

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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17285 posts, RR: 67
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 3147 times:

I think it's an optical illusion. The windows in the mockups seem to be normal size.

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineDutchflyer From Netherlands, joined Feb 2004, 169 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 3124 times:

Maybe an illusion, but when you compare the size of the window against the size of the doors on the A380 and any other modern airliner it seems small to me (assuming doors are equally sized in height on all planes).

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 3081 times:

No, they are not small...there is just about half as many as you'd expect.
I assume there is something structural that prevents them from wanting all these holes in the sides!

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6160 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 3080 times:

Looking at the door at the rear en of the section (ie. far left), it gives the impression that the windows are normal sized.

If you look at the section that's covered in plastic (or whatever it is), you can see that it covers quite a bit of fuselage around the door.

User currently offlineA380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1120 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 2986 times:

There are two elements behind the covered plastic:
- the classic door
- below it, a smaller door for the inflating sliding ramp which is not part of the door on this airplane.

If you assume the plastic is covering a classic door, then the windows seem small, if you take into account this specific feature of the A380, everything comes into place.

User currently offlineFlyba From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 2914 times:

Do others find the windows on recent Airbus aircraft smaller than that of other manufacturers?

The A300 seemed to have windows more equivalent to other similar sized aircraft such as the 767 however whenever I fly one sector maybe on a 757 and return on an A320, I'm always amazed at the difference. The A340 is just as bad (older ones are horrid in my oppinion - no height for tall people in the window seats!).

I'm sure the A380 will have windows just as small as all the other Airbus types, sadly.

User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 870 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 2873 times:

The cool thing about the windows on 380 is that there are no blinds, you just
put you´re hand near it and the windows automaticly gets dark(blue?).........
U might seen it on Discovery Channel about "Building the a/c of the 21st century"  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 day ago) and read 2794 times:

That is wicked! they automatically darken by touch. The proposed 7E7 will have huge windows compared to any other airliners so far, Boeing claims.

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User currently offlineFlyvs007 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 186 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 23 hours ago) and read 2738 times:

Oh thats great. So you put your nose to the window to try and get a good view and it all goes dark?! Fantastic.

User currently offlineUnattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 22 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

They do appear small, but for three reasons.

- The curvature of the fuselage. (note the lower deck windows appear larger than the upper deck)

- The distance from the photographer to the subject.

- The shear size of the aircraft. It's a large plane.  Smile

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