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Paris Air Show 2015: In Pictures

This year's Paris Air Show is ushering in a new era for major plane manufacturers. Having spent billions on developing aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or the Airbus A350 and A380, the firms are now sitting on a huge backlog of orders. Development now is about adding a few extra seats here or an extra fuel tank there. Here we look at the highlights from this year's show.

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    For Bombardier, having the CSeries in Paris -- and in the air over the aviation executives, analysts and journalists at the show -- marked a triumph for an aircraft program that has suffered from postponements and scant interest among the world’s major airlines.

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    The French national aerial display team perform on the opening day of the 2015 Paris Air Show.

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    Those without a private jet got a peek into the world of First Class travel on this Airbus A380. Used A380s are likely to be available at a fraction of the plane’s €381 million list price, yet without a spate of new sales Airbus will face empty production slots from 2018.

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    It's not just passenger planes on display in Paris - this Orbiter 3 Le Small Tactical UAS drone was one of a vast range of military aircraft on show.

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    Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier said stretching the A380 into an even longer superjumbo is among possible options being considered to reboot a plane that’s failed to win new buyers for several years.

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    Inside the cockpit of the new Bombardier CS100 CSeries jet. Canada's Bombardier has brought two CSeries planes to the Paris show. 

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    Delays of more than two years to its CSeries have given Bombardier time to pry buyers away from the Boeing-Airbus duopoly. Still, it faces questions over when – and even whether – existing customers with the CSeries on order will actually take the plane.

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    Bombardier plans to fly the larger CS300 while the smaller CS100 is on static display.

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    An Airbus A350 XWB performs aerial demonstrations on the opening day of the 2015 Paris Air Show. Airbus signed a letter of intent with Asian carrier PT Garuda Indonesia for 30 A350 wide-bodies, the European manufacturer’s newest model. That agreement has a list price of more than $9 billion.

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    To build on the success of its G650, Gulfstream unveiled two large-cabin jets back in October. They join the G650, which has won the affection of CEOs and the wealthy since in 2012 with its spacious interior and long range.

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    Visitors congregate beside a GEnx next-generation jet engine in the GE Aviation Systems chalet. General Electric’s leasing unit agreed to buy 60 A320neos, the updated version of the A320 featuring new engines. 

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    A military vehicle exits the cargo bay of an Airbus A400M military aircraft during an unloading demonstration. Launched in 2003, the A400M can perform both tactical and logistical missions as well as being able to operate as an air-to-air refuelling tanker.

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    A Safran Leap jet engine on display at the company's pavilion during the 2015 Paris Air Show.

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    The Airbus H145M is a multi-role helicopter used all over the world, including the U.S. Army, which uses its UH-72A Lakota version.

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    An engineer prepares an Airbus E-Fan electric aircraft.

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    A General Electric GEnx next generation jet engine sits on display at the GE Aviation Systems chalet. GE is the sole engine supplier on Boeing's 737 Max 8 aircraft.

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    Dassault, which is 24.6 percent owned by Airbus won its first Rafale export customer in February after Egypt said it will buy 24 as part of an arms package valued at 5 billion euros.

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    Qatar Airways took five of its planes to this year’s Paris Air Show, a record, and made a splash with giant billboards around the show grounds. One of the adverts touted the luxuries of travel on the Boeing 787, which Qatar called “a travel experience like no other.” Trouble is, the poster showed the interior of the Airbus flagship.

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