The economic downturn is not dampening the optimism of Airbus about the future of its A380. The program is such a long-term undertaking that it will be virtually immune to the airline industry's cycles, say company officials. In May, Airbus' French arm is scheduled to inaugurate, with considerable fanfare, huge final assembly facilities named after the late Jean-Luc Lagardere, long-time head of the Lagardere group, who was instrumental in convincing shareholders in EADS and BAE Systems ...

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