dtw2hyd wrote:airbazar wrote:Please. You're trying to tell me that ORD embarked on a multi-billion runway realignment project just because of the A380? How much did it really add up? Peanuts.
The drama and inflated costs were primarily (only?), a U.S. thing due to politics, corruption, and antiquated airport infrastructure. A lot of people got very rich out of those "high costs" of conversion. Our airports could barely handle 747's back then. Terminals were undersized and it was rare to see double jetways being used on widebodies. We were operating on 3rd world airport infrastructure. The improvements made for the A380 will make operating widebody aircraft of any size at U.S. airports significantly easier and above all safer for decades to come.
Look at LAX TBIT's today and compare it to TBIT before the A380, just as an example.
Are you saying ORD can make more money on one 3hr30min A380 turn over 6x A320/737 one hour turns, using the 80x80 box (A380=2x737/A320) formula? Maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but you get the point.
The multi-billion investment is required to support the growth and will be recovered, the $millions spent on Code-F enhancements will not be recovered.
If I'm going to spend a couple of billion to realign my entire airport to support future growth, why not spend a few extra million at that point to do the Code-F enhancements? Even if the airport doesn't see a single A380 or 748, it's still cheaper to do it at build time than having to go back and install it later. And it future-proofs the airport in case any carriers want to use one of those aircraft in the future.