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In pictures: A380 superjumbo

Airbus A380

Airbus unveiled its new superjumbo A380 near Toulouse.

Airbus A380 wing and engine

The A380 is big enough to carry 840 passengers.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder  at the presentation ceremony in Toulouse

The presentation ceremony attracted Europe's most powerful people.

Dancers during the A380 presentation show in Toulouse

The show was both theatrical and unusual.

French president Jacques Chirac

French president Jacques Chirac called the A380 "an immense European success".

Prototype of the Airbus A380

Airbus is betting that big is beautiful and very profitable.

The A380 prototype in its hanger

A special hangar had to be built to accommodate the A380.

Interior view of the A380

The interior design will be adapted to airlines' specifications.

An interior view of the  airbus' forward upper deck cabin.

Passengers may get sleeping cabins, bars, shops or a gym.

Computer-generated image of the A380

The A380, with a range of 15,000km, can fly non-stop between Europe and Asia.

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