This thing is big, and EADS resorted to use of traditional materials materials in design of A380. There was a reason WHY, no one build THAT big, probably because traditional aluminium alloys have their limits. Now the news wires are full with messages about the cracks,- but you know what is funny? - aFrench upbeat on the problem, and their confidence that this thing still can fly.
Read more in: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-06/singapore-air-qantas-repair-small-cracks-in-airbus-a380-wings.html