Airbus nears end of the tunnel on prolonged A380 development
When Airbus launched the A380—out of its A3XX design studies—on Dec. 19, 2000, it knew that hard work lay ahead, but nobody anticipated the extent of the difficulties. With lead-customer Singapore Airlines to receive the first A380 on Oct. 15, Airbus employees and its suppliers reach a critical celebratory milestone that at many points seemed out of reach. Along the way, they have faced a seemingly unrelenting string of technical and business hurdles. And while seven years ago ...
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