Dullesguy From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 247 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3136 times:
Does anyone have details about when the projected date is for the A380 to make its first appearance to ORD? Are any of you all gonna try to get a picture of it when it comes? I know ORD is hard to get pics around the permiter, but getting up there for this is a must!!
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Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 21242 posts, RR: 19 Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2861 times:
Who would bring the A380 to ORD? LH would have fewer seats in the ORD-FRA market if they went to 1 A380 from a 744 and a 343, and UA (the only other likely candidate) won't be buying any for a while, if at all.
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LOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 2457 times:
"Who would bring the A380 to ORD? LH would have fewer seats in the ORD-FRA market if they went to 1 A380 from a 744 and a 343, and UA (the only other likely candidate) won't be buying any for a while, if at all."
Huh? LH does not operate a A343 from FRA? Its a daily 744. The A343 is from MUC. High summer season is 2x daily 744 from FRA.
It may be possible that FedEx might operate at least 1 flight via ORD with the A380F, but thats a maybe.
Airfinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 650 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 7 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
According to an article in today's Chicago Tribune, officials at ORD's Aviation Dept. are looking at short-term modifications for the A380 before the long-term ORD runway modernization program is finished. These include expanding taxiway entrances and exists to allow the A380 to turn without running off the taxiway.
If the recent rare and somewhat chaotic visit of an IB A346 last fall is any indication, ORD currently has very limited access for the A380.
A spokesman for the Aviation Dept. also said "We anticipate we would receive one A380 a day at O'Hare." My guess would be they're talking about FedEx. LH from FRA would be a long shot. EK would be an even longer shot. AF - no way. UPS - perhaps. ORD is a great international gateway, but I don't see it ever being a big A380 destination. (Hopefully I will be proven wrong!)
As for the LH flights to ORD, LH 430/431 from FRA is a 744 most of the year, but an A343 during the winter, as it was yesterday and is today, although that is always subject to change. LH 432/433 from FRA is an A343, and I don't recall it ever being a 744. LH 434/435 from MUC is an A343. (I remember in the recent past an LH A333 coming in, but I don't recall which flight it was.) Then there's LH 436/437's A319LR from DUS (PrivatAir.) And the many LH Cargo flights, MD-11's and 742's.
Airfinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 650 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1620 times:
I think the reason for needed taxiway widening is not in the length of the A380, its the needed turning radius. The A380 may be shorter than another aircraft, but may need more room to manuver due to wheel-base dimensions. Airbus has a great collection of technical drawings for its aircraft and their associcated airport operations. Here's the link to the A380 info:
7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3586 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1512 times:
I am not one that is too excited about the A380, mainly because of its size and the length of time it would take to board 550 passengers (if flight was full of course), and then waiting for all of the baggage to be offloaded for the baggage claim....BUT, i would take one flight on it just to say i did it.
The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4006 posts, RR: 6 Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1489 times:
A few days back they were talking about modifications for the A380 on WBBM 780 (Chicago News Radio). They mentioned that the first A380 is expected in late 2007, but I'm not sure who would be flying it here. LH & AF are the only current carrier with service to ORD who has ordered them, but a newcomer could fly them here.
BryanG From United States of America, joined May 1999, 418 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
To the submitter who asked about BDL--- I'm not certain it could hold an A380, but I'm definitely sure it can handle up to an L-1011. When I worked for Tradewinds ours has regularly scheduled flights into BDL.
B777fan From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 143 posts, RR: 2 Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1388 times:
As an ORD spotter, I would love to regularly see an A380 here, but I'm not expecting it to happen much.
The change in the last few years to smaller regional aircraft - despite the slot restrictions - has me waiting a lot longer for the heavies already.
There is also very little progress being made to upgrade the airport to support the A346 let alone the A380. While I do expect that they will complete some short term fixes that will serve until the major expansion, I expect that parts of the airfield will be off limits to the A380.