Airbus officially introduced the A380 mega-transport to the world last week amid great fanfare, making its debut look almost easy. Now comes the hard part: proving the 555-seater's viability in the airline market of the future. The stakes, of course, are enormous. The program could run $1.8 billion over budget, and Airbus will need to deliver at least 250 to breakeven. And there is the matter of national pride. Airbus is confident its forecast for the commercial aircraft market is the ...

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