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This week, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig is reporting live from the Paris Air Show. Today, he’s sharing his experience from the afternoon flying display, where Airbus demoed its A350 and A380 aircraft.
Sure, you can watch them perform on YouTube, but take if from me: Nothing beats seeing the Airbus A350 and A380 take to the skies live at the Paris Air Show. And unlike the low and slow climb you’ll see with passengers on board, the pilots at Le Bourget really push their planes to the limits, demonstrating what’s possible with a light load and a lot of guts.
Following the Dreamliner’s departure on Friday morning, the new A350 was the first airliner to perform each day at the Paris Air Show’s afternoon flying display. This latest Airbus jet launched with Qatar late last year, and it’s a beaut. Just a really nice aircraft, both inside and out. And it’s one of the quietest airliners to date, though you can certainly hear it from the grandstand at the air show.
The Airbus A350 always stayed within view, circling the field a few times at various altitudes and completing some very impressive turns following its shockingly steep takeoff. Click here to see it face off against the Boeing Dreamliner.
The Airbus A380, meanwhile, has been flying for a decade — it flew for the first time in April 2005 and launched passenger service with Singapore a couple years later in 2007. It’s still an incredible aircraft, however, and despite relatively lackluster sales, you can’t beat scoring this plane on a long-haul flight.
You’ll get goosebumps watching the A380 roar back and forth across the runway at just a thousand or so feet above the ground. I’m going to be very bummed out when I board my Boeing 757 for the flight back to New York.
More from the Paris Air Show:
- Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Face Off at the Paris Air Show
- Where Flight Attendants Disappear to During a Long Flight
- A Look at Business and Coach in Qatar’s Gorgeous Airbus A350
- This Retired 747 is the World’s Most Run-Down Aviation Museum
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