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Airbus A380 at Paris Air Show

The Airbus A380, still a relative newcomer to the airline industry, is a huge double-decker passenger jet. Here, a British Airways model flies over the Paris Air Show. Airbus announced it sold 20 of the jets for $8 billion.

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The Airbus A380 banks a turn over the Paris Air Show.

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The Airbus A380 flies over the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport in France.

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The Airbus A380 taxis at the Paris Air Show.

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The Airbus A380 takes off at the Paris Air Show.

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The landing gear of an Airbus A380 is withdrawn shortly after takeoff at the Paris Air Show.

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A British Airways-owned Airbus A380 makes a low-speed turn with its flaps down for maximum lift over the Paris Air Show.

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The Airbus A380 is a massive passenger jet with two full decks.

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An Airbus A380, with its flaps extended and landing gear down, comes in for a landing at the Paris Air Show.

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Tire smoke puffs up as a British Airways-owned Airbus A380 lands during a demonstration at the Paris Air Show.

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