Europe`s Airbus has ordered more frequent inspections of the wings of the world`s largest passenger jet after discovering unexpected levels of metal fatigue during testing on an A380 factory mock-up, industry sources said on Thursday.
Airbus`s next-generation A350 plane took off its first test flight on Friday, in a milestone for an airliner that the firm hopes will challenge Boeing`s 787 Dreamliner in the lucrative long-haul market.
The European aerospace group EADS
which builds Airbus airliners said on Monday that a slowdown in
activity was squeezing the group`s cash mountain but assured
that the programme for the new A350 was safe.