Aircraft manufacturers are preparing for a distinguished display at the Paris Air Show, which kicks off tomorrow in its fifty-fourth edition, after an absence of 4 years.
Airbus is expected to announce a record 500 aircraft agreement with Indian airline IndiGo on the first day.
Expectations also point to talks with Saudi Arabian airline Flynas for a large order of narrow-body aircraft.
The Paris Air Show is one of the oldest aviation events in the world. It was held for the first time in 1909 at the Grand Palais exhibition hall in Paris and was organized by the French Aeronautical Society to showcase the most prominent developments in space technology.
In the early years, the exhibition included static displays of aircraft and demonstration shows. It quickly gained popularity and attracted participants and spectators from all over the world. The air show initially began irregularly, becoming a biennial event starting in 1949 and traditionally held on odd-numbered years.
The need for larger exhibition spaces arose with the advancement of aviation technology, and in 1953 the airshow was moved to its current location, Paris Le Bourget Airport.
The Paris Air Show has grown over the years and has become an important platform for showcasing the latest products of the sector. One of the most prominent turning points in this exhibition was the decision to grant the green light for the A300 in May 1969.
And when French Transport Minister Jean Chamant met German Economy Minister Karl Schiller on a model of a new aircraft cabin intended to reshape the aviation industry, what represented the official starting point for the “Airbus” project, the world’s first twin-engined wide-body aircraft, during 1993, and the A340 flew with engines The four flew from the Paris Air Show to Auckland, New Zealand, on the first nonstop flight between Europe and New Zealand and the longest nonstop flight at the time.
The twin-engine Boeing 777, launched in 1995, rivaled the A340 in long-haul and lower fuel consumption.
And in 2015, during its fifty-first edition, the number of exhibitors reached a record number at the Paris Air Show, where 2,300 exhibitors from 48 countries attended, and more than 200,000 visitors from the public attended, and it was an exceptional year for many aircraft manufacturers, as it recorded orders worth $ 150 billion. !.