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EADS chief longs for airplane that is no longer


What would you guess is the airplane that the head of  the company that produces the Airbus longs for?

Think fast and past.

Concorde,” Louis Gallois, EADS Chairman and CEO, says without hesitation. “It’s a dream.”

AERO-ARMS-SUMMIT/The supersonic plane, built in some of the factories that now produce the bulky Airbus A380 super jumbo, made its last commercial flight from New York to London on Oct. 24, 2003.

The supersonic trip would typically take about 3-1/2 hours, cutting the travel time in about half for busy company executives.