Giant Airbus on second, higher test flight

4th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

TOULOUSE, France, May 4 (AFP) - The superjumbo Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial airliner, took off Wednesday into cloudy skies over south-western France for its second test flight.

TOULOUSE, France, May 4 (AFP) - The superjumbo Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial airliner, took off Wednesday into cloudy skies over south-western France for its second test flight.  

The European aircraft maker, based in the French city of Toulouse, said the second flight - which came exactly a week after the A380's highly anticipated maiden voyage - would last about four hours.  

As opposed to the international media hype that surrounded last week's flight, with hundreds of journalists on site to capture the historic moment, Airbus chose to conduct Wednesday's test more discreetly.  

"This second test flight is part of a programme of tests that will intensify from here on out, and we're not going to make statements on each phase of the programme," Airbus said.  

A third flight is planned for later this week, probably on Saturday, followed by three flights next week, a company source told AFP.  

According to the source, Wednesday's flight may be at an altitude slightly higher than the some 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) achieved in the first flight, and could climb up to 13,000 feet.  

The double-decker airliner, capable of carrying up to 800 passengers, is a key factor in Airbus's battle with US aircraft maker Boeing for market dominance.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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