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Airbus Reveals the Construction Stages of the A380

Commissioned by Airbus, Magnum photographer Mark Power documented the entire construction process for the largest passenger plane ever built, the Airbus A380

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Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Lagardère. Toulouse, France. December, 2003. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Lagardère. Toulouse, France. October, 2003. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Lagardère. Toulouse, France. December, 2003. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Lagardère. Toulouse, France. July, 2003. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 St. Eloi. Toulouse, France. July, 2003. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Filton, Bristol. April, 2004 © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Lagardère. Toulouse, France. June, 2004. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Hamburg, Germany. February, 2004. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Lagardère. Toulouse, France. August, 2004. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Saint-Nazaire, France. March, 2004. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Saint-Nazaire, France. March, 2004. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Components of the A380 are loaded onto the transportation ship 'Ville de Bordeaux'. The ship, purpose-built in Shanghai, calls at several ports around Europe collecting the various components befor (...)
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Transportation of the first convoy. Toulouse, France. April, 2004. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Lagardère. Toulouse, France. June, 2004. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Lagardère. Toulouse, France. March, 2004. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Lagardère. Toulouse, France. June, 2004. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Official 'Reveal' of the A380. Press conference room, ready for the reveal the following day. Toulouse, France. January, 2005. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Official 'Reveal' of the A380. Staircase leading to tiered seats for invited guests. Toulouse, France. January, 2005. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Official 'Reveal' of the A380. Plane is prepared for reveal the following day. Toulouse, France. January, 2005. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Official 'Reveal' of the A380. At the end of the Reveal 'show' the 3 000 invited guests are invited for cocktails underneath the plane. Toulouse, France. January, 2005. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 The interior of first A380 to fly, following her successful maiden flight. The blue barrels contain water to simulate the weight of passengers and their luggage. Toulouse, France. April, 2005. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 The A380 at the Paris Airshow (Le Bourget). Pairs, France. June, 2005. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 Toulouse, France. 2005. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Mark Power | Airbus: Building the A380 The A380 at the Paris Airshow (Le Bourget). Paris, France. June, 2005. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos

Airbus commissioned Mark Power to document the story behind the creation and construction of the biggest passenger plane ever built, the Airbus A380.

Mark Power’s work illuminates the diverse sites of production and the various stages of construction. Because of its extraordinary size, Airbus first had to construct the infrastructure, such as the building to house the final assembly line in Toulouse, factories throughout Europe and extensive transportation networks, including a specially built ship.

Thus, these photographs portray the process with clarity and visual adeptness to give the viewer a glimpse into the infrastructure, the inception, and construction of the plane itself, and finally, its first flight.

The assignment culminated in many internal exhibitions to celebrate each important step of the A380’s development, as well as three shows at the photography festival Printemps de Septembre in Toulouse.