It is the evening of a hot summer day in the Gironde Department, France. And in Langon, a small town 50 kilometres to the south-east of Bordeaux, the heat has been oppressive all day long, too. This is the starting-point from where the components of the Airbus Industries A380 long-distance plane are transported to the assembly plant. Peering through the bars of the gate, one’s gaze immediately falls on the six “Transports Capelle” trucks standing next to a large hangar at the other end of the Airbus compound.
Tonight the Arocs SLT and Actros SLT heavy-haulage vehicles are to take the plane's components, which have been shipped to this city's river port from the different Airbus construction plants all across Europe, to the Airbus final assembly plant in Toulouse.