|Quoting Glareskin (Reply 198):|
Thanks for your explaination. But this could mean that it would be doable with 'only' a reduced cargoload. I don't know how serious this would be, but this solution seems more affordable and causing less delay than the construction of an all-new fuselage.
Sorry for being unclear but my intent was to show that it's completely impractical to the degree of 20 cm. You're basically redesigning the airplane from the keel up as everything shifts lower including the wing. This is so much more involved than simply lowering things down in the "Z" dimension.
|Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 199):|
One of the attractive features of the A330 family aircraft over the 767 was its ability to hold dual LD3s side by side in the cargo compartment. Losing that ability would likely lead to the loss of more orders.
Right, you'd add the weakness of one Boeing product to compete with the strongest point of another. In any case, as long as Airbus sticks with the metal structure, 222 inch cross section the best they can do is tinker around the margins with internal dimensions.