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Lufthansa Flying Airbus A380 to U.S.

19 March 2007

For plane builder Airbus and German airline Lufthansa AG, the A380’s first flight to North America on Monday is a chance to show off the superjumbo to potential U.S. buyers and to the airports they hope will be flight bases for the double-decker jet.

We’re talking about an airplane that is representing aviation in the 21st century in terms of efficiency,” said Jens Bischoff, Lufthansa’s vice president for the Americas.

For Airbus, which has been beset by management and financial crises – including a two-year delay to the A380 that wiped more than euro5 billion ($6.61 billion) off profit forecasts – the flight is a chance to prove that the plane will be ready when the first deliveries are made in October to Singapore airlines.

source: Physorg

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