Airbus has started testing the A380's range and fuel-burn characteristics, according to COO and Head-A380 Program Charles Champion. Speaking to ATWOnline, Champion said he didn't expect any surprises: "We have already done some tests with MSN 001 but these were done with engines that were not optimized. We are very confident of meeting our guarantees." The fuel burn and payload/range tests will be done with MSN 004, which flew recently (ATWOnline, Oct. 19). Champion added that Airbus ...

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