Airbus chief sees A380 as industry standard

BERLIN — The CEO and president of Airbus said today he expects the company's A380 jumbo to become an industry standard that will sell up to 800 planes in the coming decades.

Tom Enders predicted at an economic conference in Berlin that the Airbus A380 will become the standard large plane in the skies, in the same way that Boeing's 747 jumbo jet has in the past.

Enders told participants he is "counting on us building more than 700, 800" of the planes in the next 40 to 50 years.

He made no comment on the incident involving a Qantas A380 three weeks ago in which one of its engines blew out.