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All the Airbus aircraft at the Paris Air Show

Airbus flew into Paris with a redesigned A380, its new A350-1000 and more. Join us for a walk around Le Bourget Airport.

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The giant Airbus A380plus was parked at the edge of Le Bourget Airport, pretty much the only place it could fit.

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An A380plus feature is the split winglets that are designed to reduce fuel costs by making the wings more efficient.

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The winglets extend out from the wings beyond the massive engines.

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Speaking of massive, the wings almost block out the sky when you stand under them. 

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Shade was a popular commodity on a searing hot day. Here, a crowd of visitors took refuge form the sun under the horizontal tailplane.  

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It's a long way up to the cockpit. The A380plus will fit 80 more seats than the current A380, for a total of 575 passengers.

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Nearby was the new A350-1000, which first flew last November. 

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Like the Boeing 787, the A350-1000 is designed for optimal efficiency. Its fuselage is made from composite materials and has a blunt nose. It will be able to seat between 369 and 400 passengers

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It flies on two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. 

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Another feature of the aircraft are its sweeping blended winglets. They're nothing if not striking. 

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I also like paint scheme on the tail. The first A350-1000 will start flying with Qatar Airways later this year.

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The A321neo is the newest version of the redesigned A320 family. On the left of the photo in an Airbus EC665 Tiger attack helicopter. 

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The first (and all-purple) A321neo for Iceland-based Wow Air made an appearance. A321neos can fit from 206 to 240 passengers.

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As it returned from a demonstration flight, the A321neo was towed down the taxiway

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The flowering propellor blades belong to Airbus's A400 M heavy military transport. 

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The A400 M can carry 30 tons, like this beast of a machine backing down the ramp. 

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