Tulsa International Airport's Runway Can Handle Boeing's New 747-800 Aircraft

Tuesday, April 12th 2011, 10:14 am
By: News On 6


NEW YORK  -- The biggest version yet of Boeing's jumbo 747 jet could soon be flying into airports that have never seen aircraft that large before. 

Airports from Rockford, Illinois to Huntsville, Alabama are asking the FAA for waivers so they can receive the new Boeing 747-800 cargo plane.

Tulsa International Airport officials say they don't need the FAA waiver, because the airport's main runway is already long enough.

The new Boeing falls into the biggest category of commercial aircraft and the passenger version will compete with the mammoth Airbus A380.

Parts of the new 747 are built in Tulsa by Spirit AeroSystems, including parts of the wing and one of the doors.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.