HUGE MISTAKE OR HUGE SUCCESS? AIRBUS ALL IN ON NEED FOR A380 - BUT BOEING STILL DOUBTFUL

It was an unlikely gathering of aviation rivals from opposite sides of the Atlantic. At the Four Seasons Hotel in Munich, Germany, officials from Airbus and The Boeing Co. had wrapped up two days of meetings with an extravagant dinner. But...


Oct. 25: The A380 to begin commercial service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia.

FUTURE

Mid-2010: Lufthansa Airlines scheduled to take delivery of the first of Boeing's bigger 747-8 jets. Lufthansa will already be operating the A380 starting in 2009.

20XX: Airbus eventually plans to stretch the A380 to carry about 100 more passengers. Airbus has not given a development timetable.

Source: Airbus, The Boeing Co., P-I reporting

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