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Posted: June 24, 2007

With the Paris Air Show wrapping up today, we look at the huge rivalry between Europe's Airbus S.A.S. and Chicago-based Boeing Co. Both used the air show to announce their biggest orders.

Airbus world. "Welcome to the world of Airbus," this company site says. The fun thing to do here is to click on "Airbus Cabin Showroom," which launches you on a self-directed tour of the interiors of the various Airbus planes, including the super-jumbo, 555-passenger A380, which has been a hard sell for the company, which is based in France.

Build an Airbus. "Un Airbus A380 en 7 minutes" is a promotional video from Airbus that uses time-lapse images and a thumping sound track to dramatize the construction of one of the behemoths. Unlike a movie by Fran├žois Truffaut, you don't have to know any French or read subtitles to appreciate the lean story.

Boeing home. Boeing's site doesn't feel as user-friendly, but it does offer a rich look at the company's past, which is a patchwork of U.S. aviation history - complete with bibliographies geared toward various age groups and research levels. You also can check on the status of the V-22 Osprey, the controversial tilt-rotor aircraft by Boeing and Bell Helicopter, for which some parts are assembled at the Boeing plant in Ridley.

Randy's journal. Randy Tinseth, a Boeing vice president for marketing, dishes the company line on his blog. He was posting last week from the Paris Air Show, where he contended that Boeing was focused on customers, while Airbus is trying to get "back on track." His boosterism is not lost on company critics.

Blogging stocks. The "BloggingStocks" site gathers market-related company news, and you can check on the stock of your choice by inserting its ticker symbol in the Web address, just like Boeing's symbol, BA, is part of the URL here:


Contact staff writer Reid Kanaley at 610-353-9812 or rkanaley@phillynews.com.

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