DutchFlyer
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Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:25 am

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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RE: Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:38 am

I think it's an optical illusion. The windows in the mockups seem to be normal size.
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RE: Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:40 am

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).
 
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RE: Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:44 am

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!
 
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RE: Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:44 am

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.
 
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RE: Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:52 am

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.
 
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RE: Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:59 am

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.
 
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RE: Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:02 am

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?).........
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RE: Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:10 am

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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RE: Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:25 am

Oh thats great. So you put your nose to the window to try and get a good view and it all goes dark?! Fantastic.
 
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RE: Small Windows In A380

Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:52 am

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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