With some relief — because this aircraft is described as in service in my book, Deja Vu, which is set in the year 2023 — I note that the Airbus A380 has successfully completed its maiden flight. You can read all about it on the BBC (naturally):
Thousands of aeroplane enthusiasts, many of them clapping and cheering, witnessed the twin-deck “superjumbo” taking to the air for the first time.
Rather them than me:
The crew was equipped with parachutes. A handrail has been fitted, leading from the cockpit to an escape door.
Now, as long as Heathrow’s terminal five gets built on time…