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
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
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.