World's largest plane in air show

Last updated at 17:40 07 July 2006

The world's largest passenger plane, the 555-seat Airbus A380 superjumbo, will definitely fly at the Farnborough Air Show later this month, it was confirmed today.

The Airbus planemaking company said the A380, powered by Rolls-Royce engines, will take part in the flying displays every day at the Hampshire show.

Farnborough - the premier UK air show - begins with a press preview day on July 17 and goes on until July 23.

Airbus and the A380, whose wings are built in the UK, have both been hit by problems of late.

Toulouse-based Airbus has announced that it has had to delay delivery of some of its A380s. Also, the chief executive of European aerospace company EADS, which owns 80 per cent of Airbus resigned earlier this week along with the head of EADS' Airbus unit.

The other 20 per cent of Airbus is owned by UK aerospace company BAE Systems which wants to sell its stake.

The first A380 is due to go into service with Singapore Airlines at the end of this year. Among other customers for the giant new plane is Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic.

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