By Lori Hinnant
PARIS (AP) – Airbus sent a new wide-body plane into the skies that sets the stage for intensifying competition with U.S. rival Boeing – with consequences for jobs, airlines’ investments and the reputations of the powerful plane makers.
After years of delays and a revamp that cost billions, the A350 cruised for four hours in partly cloudy skies above Toulouse in southern France.
Most importantly, it then landed safely.
It met ear-to-ear smiles – and some sighs of relief – among the Airbus engineers and executives who helped the plane reach its maiden journey.1 2 3 4 next >>