Paris air show

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The Airbus A380 lands after performing its flying display over the Bourget Airport during the 47th Paris International air show 20 June 2007. (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Airbus were keen to flout the green credentials of its superjumbo, claiming that it could somehow ‘save the planet’… (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
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That’s why they call it a superjumbo… an aerial view of the A380, the biggest commercial aircraft in the world. (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Francois Fillon after his visit of an Airbus A380. The Prime Minister inaugurated the 47th Paris International air show. (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
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There was certainly a buzz about the place… former US astronaut Buzz Aldrin talks with French cosmonauts Jean-Pierre Haignere and Jean-Loup Chretien (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Dubai’s Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum had a busy show, with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise landing several deals. (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Airbus Chief Executive French Louis Gallois claimed that the company has pulled out of a year-long crisis at the show. (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
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There were the usual squabbles between archrivals Airbus and Boeing at the show. (ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Saudi delegate Prince Fahd bin Abdallah and Mitaes bin Abdallah attended the air show (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed and Airbus CEO Louis Gallois reach a deal in which the Dubai airline will buy eight additional A380s (ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker. The airline has ordered three Airbus A380 superjumbos airliners and confirmed an order for 80 A350s. (ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Eiffel tower in the distance as the 47th Paris International air show is underway. About 400,000 people were expected to visit the event. (PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
Thu 21 Jun 2007 01:12 PM