Airbus’ appearance at the Paris Air Show has been blighted by misfortune, with two key planes damaged, the BBC said. The wing tip of its demonstration A380 superjumbo struck a building at Le Bourguet airport venue during taxiing.
Gearbox problems have stopped its A400M military transporter from performing a scheduled aerial display, although it will still take part in a fly-past. It left Boeing able to steal the limelight on the first day of the show with its new, lengthened 747-8 jumbo. The US rival said it had already received 17 orders for the enlarged plane from two as yet unnamed customers, one of them for 15 planes.