The Airbus A380 -- the largest passenger plane in the world -- was unveiled Tuesday January 18 2005 in an elaborate ceremony in France, attended by European leaders. The Airbus A380, with an 80-metre wingspan and a tail as tall as a seven-storey building, cost $13 billion US to develop. It seats at least 555 passengers, 33 per cent more than Boeing's 747, and has 49 per cent more floor space. It can carry as many as 840 people, depending on the seat configuration. The jet, which has been designed to fly more than 15,000 kilometres without refuelling, features a three-class cabin layout, and will have space for features such as on-board shops, bars, casinos or nurseries.

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