A380 arrives at Paris

The Airbus A380 made its first arrival today at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, which has had to undergo several modifications, such as lengthening runways and strengthening taxiways, to ensure that it can handle the aircraft. Airbus Chief Executive Louis Gallois said, "This airplane has created a lot of debate. Now we know it is here, it is beautiful, it is excellent." The plane will stay at CDG for two days in order to undergo testing before flying to Asia.

Some photos of the event, courtesy of Airbus:
The A380 arrives at CDG.

The aircraft gets a welcome from the CDG fire department.

French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau tries out one of the A380's seats.