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5/6/2004--Toulouse, France..The nose of the first A380 sticks out from the scaffolding which covers the aircraft. European aircraft maker Airbus SAS on Friday launched production of its A380 ?superjumbo,? the biggest ever commercial airliner, stepping up its challenge to U.S. rival Boeing Co. which has staked its future on a new mid-sized jet...Photograph by Stuart Isett.©2004 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved