The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) is a global aerospace and defence group and leading defence and military contractor worldwide. The group includes Airbus as the leading commercial aircraft-maker, with Airbus Military covering tanker, transport and mission aircraft, Eurocopter as the world's largest helicopter supplier and a space programme. EADS was formed through the July 2000 merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA), and Construcciones Aeronáuticas (CASA). 

A Qantas Airbus A380 takes off from Sydney. Photo: Reuters

A380 pilots’ skill averted crash: Australian regulator

Rolls-Royce failed to identify a defect that caused one of its engines to explode on a Qantas Airways Ltd aircraft carrying more than 400 people over Indonesia three years ago, an Australian safety regulator found.