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Decal placement is checked on one of the model planes at Pacific Miniatures in Fullerton, Calif., as does Paula Rodriguez, above. When airlines open new routes, make deals with other carriers or finance new jets, there is a gifting of high-quality models. They are used to break the ice at difficult meetings, are tremendous marketing tools and a favored way of saying thank you.

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Tiny airplanes big in airline industry

NEW YORK (AP) — In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes.

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