Paris Air Show 2019
The 53rd International Paris Air Show took place from 17 to 23 June 2019 at Le Bourget’s exhibition Centre, just North of Paris.
Doors opened to the public on Friday 21st June after the trade negotiations occurred earlier in the week and over all hosted 300,000 visitors including professionals and the general public.
Despite initial predictions that the 2019 Paris Air Show would be quieter for Boeing and Airbus than previous years due to low orders of Airbus in the preceding months and the ongoing safety issues for Boeing, there was still an impressive number of aircraft purchased by Airlines and Leasing companies around the world from these manufacturers. Estimates for both Boeing and Airbus suggest orders totalling in excess of USD $35 Billion each. Some observers put the value of contracts signed at the Air Show across all players at $140 billion dollars!
Airbus used the 2019 Paris Air Show to announce the launch of the A321XLR. The A321XLR offers the market an option for a single-aisle aircraft with a longer range and a 30% lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation aircraft.
Taking an impressive initial order of 27 aircraft from Air Lease Corporation, Airbus’ order book for this type had risen to over 190 orders/reconversions by the end of the week.
Off to a slow start, Boeing failed to take any order on day one of the Paris Air Show. Orders began on day two with sales to Airlines in Asia of its B787-9, B787-10 and B777 aircraft.
At the beginning of the Air Show Boeing signalled its ongoing commitment to resolve the B737NG MAX issues as a matter of priority. They were offered a significant show of support by IAC who issued a letter of intent to purchase 200 of the beleaguered 200 B737 MAX. It is speculated that this was likely secured at a massive discount.
But the Air Show wasn’t all about Airbus and Boeing. Embraer celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Air Show taking an order from United Airlines of 20 E175 aircraft with the option for an additional 19 for United Express. They also announced 15 orders for E195-E2 with the option for a further 20 aircraft from KLM for KLM Cityhopper.
The French President Emmanuel Macron joined defence ministers of France, Germany and Spain to reveal a mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft and Turkish Aerospace Industries unveiled a mock-up of the TF-X/MMU fighter aircraft. These aircraft are part of the next generation of combat aircraft (NGF). Further development of Remote Carriers (RC) and an Air Combat Cloud (AC) are underway. These RCs and ACs would offer further support the NGFs.
Air taxis and more
There were over 120 start up companies at the show cover a variety of other air going vehicles in production and concept stages. The much anticipated air taxis and other electric powered and hybrid models. There were several airships and rocket systems and spacesuits.
We look forward to seeing what the AIRSHOW LONDON offers in September 13 – 15, 2019.
© Photo credits: © SIAE 2019 – Anthony Guerra & Alex Marc
Paris Air Show