Airbus Launches 'Green Giant' Jetliner
Airbus calls it the "green giant."
The new Airbus 380 "superjumbo" jet, unveiled today in Toulouse, France, will carry 555 passengers (when configured for three classes of seating). Its wingspan stretches nearly the length of a football field—50 feet (15 meters) wider than any commercial plane in the air today. (See pictures of the A380.)
Airbus claims greater size equals greater environmental benefits. The new plane, the company boasts, will help ease the increasingly congested airspace. By transporting more people, the plane's fuel-burn per passenger will make it more environmentally friendly than most cars, Airbus says.
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