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Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Last updated on: June 22, 2011 11:32 IST

Image: A Dassault Aviation Falcon 7X is pictured during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris.
Photographs: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
The Paris Air Show has been the world's leading aviation and space event for over 100 years.

With 2,110 exhibitors, 340,000 trade and general visitors, 200 international delegations and 3,000 journalists, the Paris Air Show remains one of aviation industry's most significant events.

The 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget exhibition centre will be open till 26 June 2011. The industry's biggest players are in Paris to showcase the latest technological innovations.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Boeing 737.
Photographs: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
An Air Berlin stewardess shows the new call button in the Boeing 737 during 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget Airport, near Paris.

The new interior design for Boeing's 737 passenger jet, the best-selling plane in aviation history, includes an innovation that is as radical as it is obvious: a flight attendant button that is situated well away from the reading light button and actually looks different from it.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: ATR600 regional turboprop.
ATR chairman Executive Filippo Bagnato poses in front of an ATR600 regional turboprop during the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, near Paris.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: VAD Ho concept car.
Photographs: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro poses in the cockpit of his VAD Ho concept car parked in front of an ATR600 regional turboprop airplane during the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near Paris. Giugiaro designed the cabin of new ATR600.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
A model of the C919 aircraft is presented by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China,Ltd. (COMAC) during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris.

The C919 aircraft will be the largest aircraft to be designed and manufactured in China, and its first test flight will take place in 2014.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
An aerial view of the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, near Paris.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Eurocopter X3 helicopter.
Photographs: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
An Eurocopter X3 helicopter takes part in a flying display for French President Nicolas Sarkozy during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
Visitors attend the first day of the rain-soaked 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Sukhoi Super Jet 100 jet liner.
Photographs: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
A Sukhoi Super Jet 100 jet liner takes part in a flying display during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
A Boeing 737 of Air Berlin is seen under the fuselage of a Boeing 747-8 at the static display during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
A Korean Airlines Airbus A380, the world's largest jetliner, takes part in a flying display during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
A model of the C919 aircraft is presented by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China,Ltd. (COMAC) during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris.

The C919 aircraft will be the largest aircraft to be designed and manufactured in China, and its first test flight will take place in 2014.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
An aerial view of the 49th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport, near Paris.

Paris Air Show: The biggest planes on earth are here!

Image: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.
The damaged right-hand wing-tip of the Airbus A380, the world's largest jetliner with a wingspan of almost 80 metres, is seen on the tarmac during the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget airport.

The right-hand wing-tip of the plane scraped a building on Sunday and was withdrawn from the air show's traditional flying displays.