Charger
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Seperate Questions About A380 And B787

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:04 pm

Ok guys and girls, please understand that I am new to the aviation hobby and trying to learn a bit, so please take it easy on me if these questions appear dumb.

As I understand it the A380 can only fly into airports that have modifications made to accept it. My question is what happens if there is a problem of some sort and the aircraft has to make an emergency landing? Can it land at any airport or does it just have to fly on until it reaches somewhere that can accept it?

My second question is why is the 787 called the 787? Being that the plane is using such new mateials, a totally different approach of the way it's built, and the other new things incorporated into this plane, wouldn't it have made sense to start anew and call it the 808 or something. Then Y1 (if it is built similarly), could be the 818, and Y3 could be 828. Three new planes, three new names? Sounds silly but just wondering.

Thanks for the answers.
 
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RE: Seperate Questions About A380 And B787

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:17 pm

Quoting Charger (Thread starter):
My second question is why is the 787 called the 787

For awhile during development the plane was referred to as the 7E7. Some thought that would remain the name and letters would be included in the new Boeing naming scheme. In the end Boeing decided to stick with tradition and continue the traditional way they have named planes.
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RE: Seperate Questions About A380 And B787

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:33 pm

I believe that for emergency landings any runway that can accept 747's can take an A380 and allow it to take off. That is well over 200 locations worldwide. It is desired for the runway to be paved wider than the engine jetblast to prevent flying debris, the 380 is wider than the 747 in that respect, fewer airports have this.

What restricts the number of airports for normal 380 traffic is runway and taxiway seperation, for example LAX currently does not have enough width between certain taxiways to allow the 380 to pass another WB plane so operations are restricted when a 380 is on the field. There are other factors like that as well as a number of things at the gates where the full 80m x 80m box needs to be provided along with 3 ramps and the like.

As for the 787, the number was available and supposedly in asia the 8 is lucky. I think the Y1 will be the 797, after that will be new numbering. Boeing jet tradition has always used the 7x7 pattern so it may be as likely to have the 1707 as the 808.
 
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RE: Seperate Questions About A380 And B787

Thu Apr 19, 2007 12:58 pm

Quoting Charger (Thread starter):
what happens if there is a problem of some sort and the aircraft has to make an emergency landing? Can it land at any airport or does it just have to fly on until it reaches somewhere that can accept it?

As JayinKitsap said, any airport with 747 capability (almost all international airports) can receive the A380, because in the emergency cases the aircraft take a corner and evacuate passengers, which means no need for the airport building facilities.
The special modification that the A380 need is the airport terminals or Aero-bridges and the taxi way, i am not expert but i am sure that our experts here will reply you with the 100% answer.
 
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RE: Seperate Questions About A380 And B787

Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:53 pm

Quoting UAEflyer (Reply 3):
As JayinKitsap said, any airport with 747 capability (almost all international airports) can receive the A380, because in the emergency cases the aircraft take a corner and evacuate passengers, which means no need for the airport building facilities.
The special modification that the A380 need is the airport terminals or Aero-bridges and the taxi way, i am not expert but i am sure that our experts here will reply you with the 100% answer.

Worth mentioning that the loading of the runway from the 380 (IIRC) is less than that from a 744 even though the beast weighs a great deal more. So not much chance of the runways breaking up. The outboard engines might not be good for the bits off the edges of the runways when it takes off.

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