|Quoting manu (Reply 9):|
Great point, and likely the main challenge for someone trying to purchase it. I don't know if the A380's flight characteristics allow for it to take off on a shorter runway with a lighter load. But this is the Achilles heal of this aircraft--and airports won't be changed as quickly as when the 747 was first released given today's economics.
Although the aircraft requires slightly wider taxiways for commercial use, it should be pretty easy for airports to handle a private A380 on an irregular basis. For example Lufthansa and Airbus have sent A380s to OSL
and soon BOO
will become a diversion airport. As long as there is an apron large enough it will be fine, even if it means shutting down the outer engines for taxi.
Also the A380 at full load requires a shorter runway than the 747-400 so runway length is not an issue. The Whale Jet can handle a lot more airports for this sort of private jet purpose than we think.
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