Airbus A380: Superjumbo of the 21st Century

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Zenith Press, 2005 - Transportation - 157 pages
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The controversial aircraft behind the biggest story in civil aviation today. The first commercial flight of the Airbus A380 fast approaches - and rarely has a debut been so hotly debated and keenly anticipated. Tensions run high as airlines push for add-ons, manufacturers fret over weight and performance standards, and designers make the mundane but critical decisions over such details as seats and food-service carts that may well determine the success of this $13 billion project. This book provides a complete picture of the Airbus A380, as well as a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the development of the biggest commercial aircraft ever built. With 200 color photos, Airbus A380: Superjumbo of the 21st Century takes readers through the drama of the A380 project, introducing all the key players and unraveling the controversies surrounding its development, from battles over construction materials and on-board technologies to alleged mudslinging by Boeing and other competitors.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Sowing the Seeds of a Superjumbo
7
Introduction
11
Back to the Roots
13
Let the Battle Commence
21
Defining a Dream
30
Manifest Destiny?
43
Seeking Commitments
51
Cutting Metal
94
Absolute Power
104
Engineering a Giant
116
Systematic Approach
125
Turbulent Times
131
Supersized Freighter
142
The New Space Age Begins
151
A380 Specifications
158

HighTech Advantage
61
Enter the A380 Superjumbo
73
Land of the Giants
85
A380 Order Book
159
Index
160
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Guy Norris is the award-winning West Coast editor for Flight International magazine and has authored many aviation books. Twice winner of the Royal Aeronautical Society u2019s Aerospace Journalist of the Year award, he was formerly Flight u2019s technical editor and London correspondent for Interavia magazine.Guy Norris lives in Irvine, California.

Mark Wagner, RAeS, is a pilot and specialist aviation photographer. He works as chief photographer for the international photo agency Aviation-Images.com as well as for many aerospace and advertising clients worldwide. He is based in London, United Kingdom, with partner, Stephanie, and son, Henry.

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