When Singapore Airlines Flight 380 took off on Oct. 25, 2007, it marked a new chapter in the history of commercial air transport. Finally, after more than 37 years, an aircraft significantly larger than the Boeing 747 entered service—the Airbus A380. But unlike its famous predecessor’s debut as the world’s largest aircraft, after eight years in service it is still unclear whether the A380 has a bright future. Many at Airbus had hoped the Dubai Airshow would mark a ...

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