Boeing 'Dreamliner' wows Paris air show crowds

21st June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Boeing's graceful new long-haul jet, the 787 Dreamliner, landed at Le Bourget aerodrome to woo crowds of admirers at its first Paris International Air Show on Tuesday.

Paris is home turf for the US giant's European rival Airbus, and Boeing was determined to show off its most modern plane at a time when the duelling pair are vying for an important order from Air France-KLM.

The airline is due to decide whether to buy the Dreamliner, which is due for delivery to its first client in September, or to stick with France's Airbus and face a wait for its rival A350 long-haul carrier.

Industry sources expect the giant flag-bearer to pick a mix of the two planes, despite political pressure in France to make the patriotic choice.

© 2011 AFP

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