Airbus is putting the finishing touches on its A380F freighter design in anticipation of a first flight next year. But even before major components come together, one thing is clear: The aircraft will feature even more heavily in the perpetual Airbus-Boeing sparing match than its A380-800 passenger cousin. The A380-800F is an integral element of Airbus's A380 strategy, in large part because the beefed-up structure opens the door to future derivatives. Charles Champion, Airbus COO ...

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