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The New Jet Age


Boarding a lavishly appointed Airbus A380 at Dubai's $4.5 billion Terminal 3, Graham Boynton examines the tectonic shift in aviation that threatens to leave the West's cramped, bare-bones carriers in the dust.

Two o'clock in the morning and I am standing at the crossroads of the modern world. Like a pinball machine, the arrivals-and-departures board clicks off the names of international cities—Dhaka, Colombo, Damascus, Male, Perth, Manchester, New York, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City—and wave after wave of citizens of the 21st century move this way and that through this massive marble-and-glass terminal.

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