Flying Jumbo

Airbus unveils the world's largest passenger plane

European airplane maker Airbus has unveiled the world's largest passenger plane, a double-decker behemoth that will seat up to 800 people. The A380 will make its first test flight this spring and begin flying passengers in 2006. But will U.S. airports be ready? No U.S. passenger airline has yet ordered the plane, but three airports--San Francisco's, Los Angeles' LAX and New York's John F. Kennedy--are gearing up for foreign airlines, such as Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines, that have. Some runways and taxiways have to be widened and terminals expanded for the extra passengers. Virgin Airways said it postponed delivery of its...

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