posted on Oct, 6 2015 @ 10:49 AM
a reply to: Zaphod58
BWB designs are a complete and total nonstarter for the commercial aircraft market because of the whole "no windows" aspect of the designs. No
carrier, regardless of potential cost savings, is going to risk buying an all-new airframe design, only to have customers actively avoiding flying
them and start booking their tickets elsewhere once they start realizing that at least 9/10ths of the seats are aisles/middle seats.
On top of that, BWB designs make the most sense for super-heavies, which A380 and 747-8 sales have proved to be a dying (or at least saturated)
market. All the sales growth is in 787/A350-sized aircraft where the BWB design is much harder to adapt, and the meat of the aircraft market is still
in MRJ/Cseries/E-190 and 737/A320-sized craft, where the BWB design is almost impossible to implement.
And that's totally ignoring the major changes to airport infrastructure that BWB's would require due to their larger wingspans and drastically
different passenger loading processes.
They might make sense for cargo, but the market for new-build cargo super-heavies is next to nonexistent, and the cargo carriers seem to prefer legacy
airframes with proven problems and maintenance processes.
That really just leaves strategic lift as the only avenue in which the BWB design makes any sense, and it remains to be seen whether the USAF has any
interest in outright replacing the C-5's anytime soon. If that indeed happens, I wouldn't be surprised if a civilian variant makes it's way into the
commercial cargo market, but that would all depend on whether the USAF wants to get rid of it's shiny new C-5Ms.
edit on 6-10-2015 by Barnalby
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