I have been reading the posts about the A3XX recently and people seem to have very mixed views about the viability of this aircraft. With the announcement at the Farnborough Air Show yesterday that the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates has become the first customer for the aircraft with a firm order for five, it seems a good time to ask people what their concerns about the aircraft are. It could just be the old US v Europe syndrome but I don't think that is the whole story. Are there worries about the flying abilities of the aircraft? Will runway and terminal modifications be made? Will the projected rise in passenger traffic justify its existence?
Boeing also announced yesterday that the further development of the 747-400 is now a strong possibility, with a redesigned interior similar to the 777.