For the past three weeks, an Airbus A380 in spectacular livery has been shuttling between London-Gatwick and New York’s John F. Kennedy International (JFK) airports. According to Flightradar24 data, the operation has been very reliable. In early August, the aircraft flew some services from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean on behalf of tour operator Thomas Cook. But neither the livery nor the good operational performance of the aircraft has been most significant from Airbus’ point ...

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