A380 draws huge crowd to Paris Air Show

20th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 18 (AFP) - Despite a stifling heat wave, more than 110,000 people crowded into the Paris Air Show on Saturday, many of them wanting to see the Airbus new superjumbo A380, organizers said.

PARIS, June 18 (AFP) - Despite a stifling heat wave, more than 110,000 people crowded into the Paris Air Show on Saturday, many of them wanting to see the Airbus new superjumbo A380, organizers said.  

Some 350,000 people have so far travelled to Le Bourget, north of Paris, since the world's biggest air show opened its doors on Monday. Some 300,000 visited the show last year.  

"It is a beautiful industrial success," said France's transport minister Dominique Perben. The air show was to close on Sunday.  

During the exhibition's first four days open only to professionals, 112,500 people visited the show - a 25 percent rise compared to last year, and close to the record 2001 figures, organizers said.  

The A380, the world's largest airliner, flew into Paris Sunday for its public debut. The giant double-decker craft will hold 555 to 840 passengers in production versions. 

© AFP

Subject: French News

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