Airbus A380 stories continue to be rife within the airline community with several very senior executives privately showing exasperation with the whole programme. All do seem to agree that once the aircraft actually enters service the problems will be quickly forgotten except as one VP put it. ”If there is a minor technical difficulty down the line there could be chaos. We don”t have a back-up for 500 delayed passengers”. EADS, the senior partner in the project, has confirmed more delays in the programme and the planned delivery of the first aircraft to SIA before the end of the year looks increasingly unlikely. On the plus side a series of four trial passenger flights, for which Airbus employees took part in a draw, appear to have been a success, the longest no less than 15 hours.