Aprils 27th marks the 10th anniversary of the first flight of the Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial jet.
It's a marvel of modern engineering – a double-deck behemoth weighing as much as 575 metric tons, capable of flying almost 500 passengers over 13,000 kilometres (around 8,000 miles), a feat it performs on Qantas' Sydney-Dallas A380 service.
But in the early stages of the superjumbo's development, Airbus engineers turned to Ikea for inspiration.
With the A380 demanding a raft of new technologies and innovations, especially on the flightdeck, Airbus needed a way to quickly build and trial each concept.
The result: a "flat-pack cockpit kit", based on Ikea's ready-to-assemble furniture.
Although looking more like the basement project of an aviation enthusiast with a bit too much time and money on their hands, it led directly to the final cockpit which is the 'office' of hundreds of A380 pilots from the 13 airlines flying the superjmbo.
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