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Monday, 20 June 2011

Airbus Updates No.292

Airbus Pulls A380 From Paris Flight Display

Airbus on Sunday said it was pulling one of its flagship double-decker A380s out of a flying display at the Paris Air Show, compounding a series of embarrassing hiccups for the EADS unit at this year's big-ticket industry event.
The right wing-tip of the A380, the world's largest airliner with a wingspan of almost 80 metres (yards), "touched" a structure at the Le Bourget airport during ground manoeuvres and will not perform in the flying display, Airbus said.
"Airbus experts are currently inspecting the aircraft, but it is already confirmed that the A380... will not perform the flying display," it said in a statement on Sunday evening.
Earlier, Airbus said another of its models, the delayed A400M military transport plane, would not be able to carry out a display routine on Monday after suffering a gearbox problem.
Airbus Military's chief executive had said there was no problem with safety but that flight-test requirements were "very demanding."
Sunday's incident also comes just two months after US investigators impounded an Air France A380 that collided with a smaller jet at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. There were no reports of injuries.

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