Thirty years ago, Airbus Industrie ran an advertising campaign to educate a doubting industry about its credibility and the virtues of the new A300. "What is it? Who is it? How does it work and where is it going?" the advertisement asked. On Jan. 18, 2005, not one of the nearly 4,500 guests attending the "A380 Reveal" was in the slightest doubt regarding the success of Airbus and what the A380 represents to European industrial collaboration and the airline industry. An ebullient Noel ...

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