Big Airplanes Are Cool: The Paris Air Show

    June 13, 2005

Airbus’s massive behemoth, the A380 jumbo jet, made an appearance at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday. Onlookers, including executives from U.S. rival Boeing were enamored.

Everyone stepped outside when the mammoth jet took off. Various sources reported the Boeing executives ogling at the big plane and having their pictures take with the new passenger jet.

With all the excitement from Boeing and others over their competitor’s new toy, one would hardly think that Airbus and Boeing were at the center of a major trade dispute between the U.S. and the European Union over the two companies receiving one form or another of government assistance. Boeing gets theirs in the form of government contracts and Airbus in the form of easy loans from EU member nations. The issue is being presented to the WTO.

Other highlights of the air show include an incredibly new helicopter from British firm Agusta Westland. The EH 101 garnered much praise when they landed the contract for the U.S. president’s next helicopter over U.S firm bids. The helicopter will be made in conjunction with Lockheed Martin in Texas.

The show, as with any convention of this type, wasn’t without a few mishaps. There were problems with the bussing to the show in the morning. Also, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who’s circled the moon and the earth couldn’t seem to locate his press conference with some help.

John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.