|Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 98):|
Umm... why? 9R-27L is plenty long, and 4R-22L is probably long enough. Heck, even 14L-32R could take the beast.
IIRC, as of present the A380 has only been certified to land on runways 200' wide and up in the US. 14R/32L is the only 200' wide runway at ORD
Also, because runway/ taxiway/ tunnel/ bridge improvements haven't been finished, I'm sure they have to limit A380 movements - if it is 14R arrival, and they're headed over to T5
, there is really only two turns - taxiway M off of 14R, and either M5 or M6
I'm pretty sure there is a process for airports to have taxiways certified for A380 usage. This includes increasing widths and weight ratings as well as maintaining clearance from other aircraft. So most airports will keep the taxiing to a minimum. While runways like ORD
's 4R/22L may be long enough, can you imagine how many taxiways an A380 would have to take to get to T5
? And how much it would cost to upgrade them to the new standards? Too much, so they'll limit A380 movements for quite a while I'd gather.