Makh: Do whatever cheapens it to a bus ride or commuter train. Or make them SST. Or don't bother.
AverageAmericanGuy: Sounds fun. But not on AirbusScarebus.
gweilo8888: PR guff, nothing more.
way south: This.Airlines could be saving fuel and making less noise within the next few years.
Bomb Head Mohammed: Am I too early/late for all the Internet Aviation Experts who have given the matter all of 2 seconds of thought before writing why the engineers at airbus who make careers thinking about such things, even if some of this is speculative at this point, are full of it or whatever?
balisane: That sounds like a buttload of stress on the airplanes. Not sure I'd trust a discount carrier with that kind of engineering or maintenance.
gweilo8888: way south: This.Airlines could be saving fuel and making less noise within the next few years.Sorry, but for the foreseeable future, that's guff too. Yes, NASA and Boeing have done a little preliminary work on BWBs (although that image is a PopSci rendering from the mid-1990s or before), but currently they have a raft of obstacles to production, not least of which is customer acceptance of an aircraft where you are nowhere near a window. They also have pressurization issues, stability issues, discomfort issues (the further you get from the center of the plane the more motion you'll feel in turns), evacuation issues (the less tube-shaped the plane is, the harder it is to evacuate in an orderly manner), and airport infrastructure isn't designed to accommodate BWB aircraft, among others.
Gotfire: [i68.photobucket.com image 400x267]
markie_farkie: Sounds like flying into/out of John Wayne airport..Big deal.
MythDragon: As someone who has experienced the thrill of an assualt landing (Looks something like this) I say go for it. It would be fun to watch the "OMG I'M GONNA FARKING DIE" look on the face of all the noobs. (same look I had on my face the first time.)
maggoo: There's a lot of airbus FUD in here, but I would like to call your attention to 2012's list of commercial craft incidents, where there are zero incidents involving airbus planes and two involving boeing planes. 2011's list of commercial craft incidents includes 8 incidents involving boeing planes, and zero incidents involving airbus planes. 2010's list of commercial craft incidents includes 5 for boeing and 4 for airbus.So, I suspect that you don't piss on boeing because you can't figure out a clever word that rimes with boeing.
Oldiron_79: Does anyone have a diagram of that the future seating patterns will be?
Click Click D'oh: Steep takeoffs are the future? I guess I'm one of the few people that remembers what a full performance 757 takeoff is like.Also, stupid Airbus... Approach angle has nothing to do with roll out distance. You can't make a plane stop more quickly by diving at the ground faster... well, unless you forget to flare. If you are flying a 3 degree glideslope or a 45 degree glideslope, eventually you have to orient the plane to the runway, at which time you damn well better be going just above stall speed or bad things happen. Since stall speed at landing attitude will always be the same given similar aircraft weights, it doesn't matter what angle you were flying at shortly beforehand. Same stall speed means same aircraft speed means same stopping distance.
Quantum Apostrophe: Way South is a Space Nutter
Click Click D'oh: Steep takeoffs are the future? I guess I'm one of the few people that remembers what a full performance 757 takeoff is like.
fisker: Picture of passenger at take off:[mimg.ugo.com image 564x310]
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