Airbus is offering the first A380 upgrades as it slowly ramps up production to three aircraft per month in 2012. But major program challenges remain. Airlines now have the option of an A380 design package that will allow them to fly the aircraft farther or with more payload. The design changes boost the maximum takeoff weight of the aircraft by four metric tons, to 573 metric tons. The change would allow the aircraft to fly 120 nm farther or carry the equivalent of 20 more passengers. ...


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