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The Airbus A380, largest passenger plane in the known universe, snuck out of town today. After a pretty well choreographed NYC, LA touchdown happened within 15 minutes of each other last weekend, the Airbus Super-Jumbo (as tall as an eight story building and can hold 800 passengers) rolled into LAX -- which shelled out $49 million bucks to make adjustments necessary to support the maiden voyage of the aircraft

With the tradition of aerospace innovators around these parts like Lockheed, Northrop-Grumman, and Scaled Composites it was an honor being chosen as one of the two first landing destinations for Airbus’ flagship craft. But there’s also another $72 million that needs to be dropped into LAX in order to support A380 passenger service, and production delays at Airbus have projected that only seven of the craft will be delivered to airlines in 2007. It's just a guess at how many of those craft are destined for our fair burg.

This is probably a great move by those with superior foresight, but until there are a few more tangible results LAist will stick to its original assertion.

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