Big, beautiful and busted: A380 becomes an unwanted baby
 

Big, beautiful and busted: A380 becomes an unwanted baby

Two years since its last order, Airbus is faced with the prospect of shutting down its A380 production, as the world's largest passenger carrier becomes an unwanted baby for global airlines.
The aircraft, which can seat 575 people in a four class configuration and 853 in a single class, comes for a not-so-modest price of $445.6 million a piece. The development programme, which is is estimated to have cost $25 billion, began in earnest in 2000, though planning for the aircraft began as early as 1988.
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