Full Throttle for Airbus' Superjumbo Jet

Two of the European plane maker's top execs talk about their still-high expectations for what'll be the world's biggest jet

While the global aviation industry struggles to pull out of its worst downturn ever, European airplane manufacturer Airbus Industrie seems to be maintaining altitude. On Mar. 21, Airbus broke ground in Toulouse, France, for the factory where it plans to build the biggest commercial jet ever. The Airbus A380, scheduled to begin service in 2006, will be a double-decker plane with room for more than 555 passengers.

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