A380 from dream to reality: the launch
Airbus worked extensively with customers, airports and aviation
authorities during the development phase of its large aircraft/A3XX
programme. Philippe Jarry, the A3XX Vice President, Market Development,
and Jurgen Thomas, the former Senior Vice President of Airbus’ Large
Aircraft Division, discuss the activities that culminated in the
programme’s launch in December 2000, at which time the jetliner was
given the A380 designation.