An Aviation Milestone

It's a milestone for aviation and for the European aircraft-maker's battle with its U.S. rival, Boeing. The world's largest passenger plane ever built is in the sky over France. It has a capacity of 555 passengers.

Thousands of spectators cheered and applauded as the Airbus A-380 lifted into the air. The plane is carrying a crew of six and 22 tons of on-board test instruments.

Airbus says the first flight is expected to last between two and four hours. The plane was likely to stay within 100 miles of the airport in Blagnac, a suburb of Toulouse in southwest France. It was beaming back real-time measurements to Airbus headquarters at Blagnac

The "superjumbo" jet is scheduled to enter service for Singapore Airlines in mid-2006.