Record orders at Paris 2017

Record orders at Paris 2017

GIFAS, the French Aerospace Industries Association, say a record number of aircraft orders were announced at this year’s Paris Airshow, despite a slight fall in visitor numbers.

The 52nd edition of the show, held at Paris-Le Bourget airport, saw U$150 billion worth of orders including: 897 orders and purchasing commitments for a catalogue value of U$115 billion. The total number of commercial aircraft ordered was 934.

There were 2,381 exhibitors (3% more than in 2015) from 48 countries. Trade visitor numbers were 142,000 (6% fewer than in 2015). The slight drop in trade visitors is attributed to company budget restrictions. The slight drop in visitors during the public days of the show is attributed to heightened security and the very high temperatures during the show.

140 Aircraft were exhibited at the event including: the Airbus A321neo, Airbus A350-1000, Boeing B787-10, Boeing B737 Max9, Kawasaki P1 maritime patrol aircraft, Mitsubishi MRJ90, Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter plane (at Le Bourget for the first time), Dassault Aviation’s Rafale and Falcon 8X, the Airbus A380, A400M and Airbus Tiger and NH90 Caiman helicopters.

There were more than 290 official delegations from 98 countries and seven international organisations representing military, government and civil aviation bodies.

Emeric d’Arcimoles, Paris Airshow’s chairman and CEO, said: “This 52nd Paris – Le Bourget Air Show was a remarkable success with a record number of exhibitors and 150 billion dollars’ worth of orders. The impressive demonstration flights of Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, by a French Air Force pilot, of Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 8X, the presentations of the A380 by the French aerobatic demonstration team, the Patrouille de France, the Airbus A350-1000 and A400M, and other aircraft delighted the French President as well as the public from the first to the last day of the show.”

He added: “The Careers Plane exhibition which has now amalgamated with GIFAS’ Job-Training Forum, enabled 55,000 mainly young visitors to discover forty or so aeronautics and space sector careers through French aerospace group employees. There is an immediate recruitment need for these jobs.

“The Paris Air Lab, a new attraction that puts the spotlight on the research and innovation efforts of the major groups and institutions such as start-ups, attracted 50 000 visitors.”




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