11/18/2005

Boeing's plan for a larger 747 jumbo jet will create more competition for the Airbus superjumbo A380, an Airbus official acknowledged. "It will increase the competition with the A380 freighter, but at least we are glad that Boeing recognizes there is a market for aircraft [bigger than] the 747," said Charle Champion, head of the A380 program. Champion said Airbus is discussing potential A380 sales with several Asian carriers.

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