A Minor Flaw in Airbus's Jumbo Plan
Airbus endured another setback for its A380 Jumbo Jet. A test flight from Paris to Tunisia had to turn around and return to Paris after a minor, but unspecified, problem. You'll recall that production was delayed for months while various problems were sorted out--a source of frustration for the many international airlines who had pre-ordered the moving monstrosities. Although test flights regularly go awry, Airbus can't afford more bad publicity. That said, their sales are high vis-a-vis Boeing's. Should the jumbo jet get airborne, the company might enjoy a recrudescence.