PARIS AIR SHOW: PREVIEW

France ex­pects a record num­ber of visi­tors and ex­hibitors at the Paris Air Show that has both mil­i­tary and civil com­po­nents, the lat­ter al­ways hog­ging the lime­light with an­nounce­ments of mega deals

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THE PARIS AIR SHOW per se is one of the big­gest events world­wide like the Olympic Games or the Fes­ti­val de Cannes. Founded in 1909, Paris Air and Space Show is a true force for the de­vel­op­ment of this in­dus­try in France and cat­a­lyst to in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion. Or­gan­ised by the SIAE, 100 per cent owned by the GIFAS it has ob­tained in 2013, the ISO stan­dard 20121 (af­ter Olympic Games and Euro­vi­sion con­test). The show is work­ing hard to re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and en­cour­ages ex­hibitors to do so as well. The avi­a­tion com­mu­nity from al­most all coun­tries de­scend on Le Bour­get where the show takes place from June 15 to 20.

Ac­cord­ing to Emeric d’Arci­moles, Paris Air Show’s Chair­man and CEO, “Paris Air and Space Show is a ma­jor player in the aerospace in­dus­try, and shows its rich­ness and di­ver­sity. More than just a show­case, the show is an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­change tool, in which ev­ery ac­tor of this in­dus­try finds the con­tacts and ideas that will help them to grow.”

The big­gest of all con­tin­gents is United States to be rep­re­sented by more than 350 com­pa­nies, most of them gath­ered in the 4,000 sqm Amer­i­can pav­il­ion. For the US com­pa­nies it is good news as in the last edi­tion, on ac­count of re­stric­tion im­posed by their gov­ern­ment, par­tic­i­pa­tion was lim­ited.

Air­bus Chief Strat­egy and Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, Mar­wan La­houd,

who is also the Pres­i­dent of the GIFAS aerospace in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion, said that France ex­pects a record num­ber of visi­tors and more than 2,200 ex­hibitors at the air show. The show has both mil­i­tary and civil com­po­nents and the lat­ter al­ways hogs the lime­light with an­nounce­ments of mega deals. Both the Paris Air Show and the Farn­bor­ough Air Show near Lon­don con­tinue to be hosts for the peren­nial bat­tle be­tween the two air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ing giants Air­bus and Boe­ing.

AIR­BUS ON TOP. It is Air­bus’ home turf and they come out in droves air­craft as well as ex­ec­u­tives, to make a point, par­tic­u­larly to their Amer­i­can com­peti­tor Boe­ing, that they rule the skies. This year, Air­bus will be show­cas­ing the A350, A380, E-FAN, H135, H225M, H145M, H160, CASA 295, A400M and Typhoon. And the com­pany will be as ag­gres­sive as ever in its sales and mar­ket­ing, ex­pect­ing to bag sub­stan­tial or­ders. In fact, it has be­come a rou­tine for Air­bus to take cen­tre-stage with mega deal an­nounce­ments. In 2013, Air­bus bagged 466 or­ders val­ued at $68.7 bil­lion and Boe­ing was on its tail with 442 or­ders val­ued at $66 bil­lion.

Mar­wan La­houd, Air­bus Chief Strat­egy and Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, at a pre-event press con­fer­ence, told re­porters that Air­bus’ de­liv­ery plans for the A400M mil­i­tary trans­porter may get al­tered fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent in May. The A400M will be on dis­play.

BOE­ING UP THERE. The ding-dong bat­tle be­tween Air­bus and Boe­ing at the show in­vari­ably gets in­ter­est­ing with jibes, com­pe­ti­tion on deals, etc. Boe­ing trails for the sim­ple rea­son that Air­bus goes ham­mer and tongs at the show. Boe­ing in May an­nounced new or­ders for two 737s, bring­ing the 2015 to­tal to 159 gross or­ders and 134 net or­ders till May end. Boe­ing’s de­liv­er­ies till April end 2015 were 250 with 737 ac­count­ing for 164. It is be­lieved that the or­ders at Paris Air Show may not be as huge as in 2013, though de­mand ex­ists. But you never know what these two giants will pull out of their hats.

EM­BRAER GETS IT RIGHT. The Brazil­ian air­frame man­u­fac­turer is com­ing to Le Bour­get with lot more fo­cus on its of­fer­ings in the re­gional realm. It is go­ing to re­it­er­ate the unique ben­e­fits of the E-Jet fam­ily which is gain­ing sub­stan­tial mar­ket across con­ti­nents. The Em­braer team is go­ing to be ex­plain­ing how the E-Jet fam­ily (E2 is go­ing to come soon) is a good busi­ness bet, giv­ing bet­ter re­turn on cap­i­tal em­ployed than big­ger air­craft from the top two man­u­fac­tur­ers Air­bus and Boe­ing. The com­pany is go­ing to be high­light­ing its ‘new met­rics for suc­cess’ even while it is tak­ing its mock-up cabin of E2 across the world. Right siz­ing of air­craft is its pitch and it is work­ing for the com­pany as more and more new des­ti­na­tions within a coun­try open up. In the ex­ec­u­tive jet seg­ment, it has air­craft in all the classes and it drives home the point that it caters to one and all.

Bom­bardier’s CS300 CSeries jet­liner which is hit by de­vel­op­ment snags, how­ever, will make its de­but fly­ing ap­pear­ance. So also Ukraine’s Antonov An-178 mil­i­tary trans­porter which staged a maiden flight ear­lier this month, will be there.

PI­LA­TUS TRAINER IN FO­CUS. Since the Paris Air Show is known for sev­eral tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions, Pi­la­tus is show-

casing the PC-21 which is used round the world to train mil­i­tary pilots of the fu­ture and the PC-12 NG termed as the world’s great­est sin­gle. Also vy­ing for pride of place at the Paris Air Show in the sin­gle en­gine air­craft cat­e­gory is the PC-12 NG. This ver­sa­tile air­craft per­forms many roles world­wide, in­clud­ing ex­ec­u­tive trans­port, com­muter, mede­vac, po­lice and bor­der sur­veil­lance, cargo trans­port, mil­i­tary li­ai­son and re­gional air­liner.

GULF­STREAM RECORDS. The Gulf­stream G280 and G650 will be on static dis­play. Gulf­stream will be mak­ing pre­sen­ta­tions on its var­i­ous de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes in­clud­ing the G500 and G600. Two of the five G500 flight test air­craft are com­plete and the re­main­ing three are in pro­duc­tion. The G500 has com­pleted its op­er­a­tional checks and is un­der­go­ing taxi val­i­da­tion prior to first flight.

Gulf­stream’s new­est flag­ship, the G650ER has con­nected three cities in record time. On April 23, it de­parted Lon­don Lu­ton Air­port and ar­rived at Hong Kong, fly­ing 10,349 km at an av­er­age speed of Mach 0.90 for 10 hours and 27 min­utes. On April 25, it left Hong Kong and landed in Seat­tle to com­plete 10,936 km in 10 hours and 25 min­utes. Both times, the air­craft landed with fuel in ex­cess of Na­tional Busi­ness Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion’s in­stru­ment flight rules re­serves. TEX­TRON RANGE. Tex­tron Avi­a­tion, a Tex­tron Inc com­pany, is show­cas­ing Beechcraft B350 King Air; AT6 and C208 Car­a­van Ex, while Tex­tron Airland will present Scorpion. Cessna Air­craft Com­pany, sub­sidiary of Tex­tron Avi­a­tion, re­cently re­ceived cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by Brazil’s Agên­cia Na­cional de Avi­ação Civil of the Ci­ta­tion CJ3+, one of the new­est mod­els in Cessna’s sta­ble of nextgen­er­a­tion Ci­ta­tion busi­ness jets. “The range, per­for­mance and eco­nom­ics of the Ci­ta­tion CJ3+ make it a nat­u­ral fit for oper­a­tions in Brazil, a coun­try that has long been one of Cessna’s largest mar­kets,” said Bob Gibbs, Vice Pres­i­dent, Sales. “The Ci­ta­tion CJ3+ rep­re­sents the latest, proven tech­nol­ogy in terms of avionics and cabin pro­duc­tiv­ity and car­ries on the brand prom­ise ex­pected from the Cessna name.”

Beechcraft Cor­po­ra­tion, a sub­sidiary of Tex­tron Avi­a­tion Inc, is rid­ing on the or­ders of Wheels Up which has ex­er­cised its op­tion to pur­chase the next 35 King Air 350i tur­bo­props from its ini­tial or­der placed in 2013. The ad­di­tional air­craft will help ex­pand the mem­ber­ship-based pri­vate avi­a­tion com­pany’s fleet through­out the United States.

DAS­SAULT FAL­CON 5X IN THE LIME­LIGHT. Fal­con 2000LXS, Fal­con 7X and Fal­con 900LX will be at the show. At the time of writ­ing this, Das­sault has al­ready rolled the new Fal­con 5X. The com­pany is likely to an­nounce the dates of its maiden flight. Un­veiled at the Na­tional Busi­ness Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion con­ven­tion in Las Ve­gas in Oc­to­ber 2013, the Fal­con 5X will fea­ture the largest cabin cross sec­tion and the most ad­vanced flight con­trols in the in­dus­try de­rived from the pi­o­neer­ing dig­i­tal flight con­trol sys­tem de­signed for the 7X.

Not just these com­pa­nies, there are over 2,000 ex­hibitors who will be pre­sent­ing their prod­ucts and so­lu­tions to a com­mu­nity which is fast ex­pand­ing and shows like Le Bour­get give enor­mous fil­lip to the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

IN THE EX­EC­U­TIVE JET SEG­MENT, EM­BRAER HAS AIR­CRAFT IN ALL THE CLASSES AND IT DRIVES HOME THE POINT THAT IT CATERS TO ONE AND ALL

Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner on the tar­mac

Em­braer will be show­cas­ing mock-up cabin of E2

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