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Date of Award

12-1994

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Aeronautical Science

Department

Aeronautical Science

Committee Chair

Dr. Hank Lehrer

Committee Member

Dr. John Wise

Committee Member

Dr. Frank Richey

Abstract

The problem of airport capacity is one that has been around for some time. With air travel projected to increase into the year 2000, Airbus Industrie, Boeing Corporation and McDonnell Douglas are making plans or are in the process of building large transports. Airbus has built the A340/A330 and is planning the now named A3XX, a 600 plus seater. Boeing is currently flying the 747-400 which holds up to 570 passengers. In addition, Boeing rolled out the 777 in June 1994, which holds up to 550 passengers. Douglas is planning the MD-12 with a 700 plus passenger load. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of these large transports on airport capacity within the United States. The study will try to show a relationship, if any, between airport capacity and the introduction of these large transports. Data was acquired by surveying airport managers at sample U.S. airports.

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