The Making of Airbus A380: A Triumph of Science and Engineering

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Case Length : 13 Pages
Period : 1999-2006
Organization : Airbus, Boeing
Pub Date : 2006
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : France, Germany, Spain
Industry : Aircraft Manufacturing


In 1999, the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus initiated the A380 project to manufacture the world's first double-decker aircraft with a passenger seating capacity of more than 800. Airbus adopted a decentralized manufacturing process. The centers which manufactured various parts were spread out across Europe and the final assembly was done at Toulouse, France. Materials like composites and GLARE, which reduced the overall weight of the aircraft, were used in the manufacture of the A380. The case details the design and manufacturing process of A380. It also highlights the technical features of the aircraft.


Study the design and manufacturing process of Airbus 380

Examine the technical features of the aircraft


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Manufacturing A380 4
The Materials Used 4
The Technologies Used 5
Final Assembly 6
The Project Cost 7
The Road Ahead 8
Exhibits 10


Airbus, Boeing, Technology Development, Aircraft Manufacturing, Product Lifecycle Management, Global Collaborative Environment, Composite Material, Aircraft Design, Technological Innovation, Aerospace Industry, GLARE, Carbon-fiber Reinforced Plastic, Modular Avionics, Power-by-wire Flight Controls, Aircraft Assembly, Models of A380

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