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Friday, December 15, 2006

U.S. Department of Transportation Certifies Airbus A380

The world's largest commercial airliner is now cleared to fly passengers and cargo, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced, noting that the Department's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Type Certificate for the double-decker Airbus A380 jet during a ceremony in Toulouse, France on December 12, 2006. FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey was at the ceremony. The Secretary said that the A380's size and complexity required the FAA to extend its normal five year certification period for a large airliner to seven years to ensure the required standards of safety. More

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