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Airbus celebrates A320 accomplishments. (Airbus Industrie)

Airbus celebrates A320 accomplishments

Airbus Industrie presented its new A320 150-seat twin for its first public showing in a grand display of special lights, sound effects and clouds made from dry ice bringing back memories of the Boeing 757 rollout a few years ago. Airbus, however, added a few other elements to its event. The international consortium made it a royal affair by inviting Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana to anoint the occasion by pouring ceremonial champagne over the prow of the sparkling white transport.

Airbus officials also used the occasion to stress the "solidarity' of the international Airbus manufacturing group and to fire a few shots at its American antagonists. …

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