If the giant Airbus A380 were to fly
from London to New York's JFK tomorrow, it could pull up to one of
only four gates on landing. Now, the Port Authority of New York/New
Jersey is spending $179 million on infrastructure to make more
gates available to the behemoth.
It takes a special gate to accommodate the A380. The wingspan of
the 550-passenger, double-decker aircraft is 262 feet -- 50 feet
wider than a Boeing 747's. That's caused problems for Airbus that
range from the need for special transportation equipment to larger
hangar and assembly facilities. Then there are questions among
skeptics about whether existing terminals can handle the crush of a
fully-loaded incoming or outgoing flight.