Airbus founding father and visionary Robert Béteille died on June 14 at age 97, Airbus announced June 25. According to Airbus, Béteille not only shaped Airbus Industrie but also the Toulouse-based manufacturer’s first commercial aircraft—the A300B—now known as the A330. “By the time the A300B made its first flight on Oct. 28, 1972, Béteille had gained a strong understanding of airlines’ needs, something he put to good use during a ...

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