When the A380 was launched and the cost of the program became clear you might recall that I wrote a string of editorials detailing the fact that this would go down as a massive loss for Airbus. It was clear then, as it is now, that the A380 would never get close to running in profit for Airbus. The airframe manufacturer is admitting as much these days. The story of the A380 when it comes to airlines though is very different. Except for the first run aircraft that had a fair few problems in store for the airlines which received

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