Photo Gallery: Repairing the Airbus A380

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Weight Loss for Superjumbos The A380 and the Aviation Engineering Dilemma

To reduce fuel consumption, Airbus used extremely lightweight materials in its flagship A380. Now cracks have appeared in the wings, and repairs will cost the company hundreds of millions of euros. The problem highlights the engineering dilemma caused by the industry drive for fuel efficiency.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan