1 JUNE 2015
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The Paris Air Show looms up with the opening day Monday 15 June, the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the French public, by which time most sensible people in the aerospace business would have escaped.
Le Bourget, its home since 1909, vies with Farnborough as the world’s most important aviation gathering. The town of Le Bourget jams with traffic, the free bus service from the station slow, even if you can get on. The alternative is an uphill one mile walk.
Debuting in the actual air display is likely to be both the Airbus A350 and the Bombardier CSeries.
Airbus is saying that it will announce significant orders at the show, but whether that includes the A380 remains to be seen. Both they and Boeing have got very clever in announcing commitments and options without any legal binding, and if the order is firmed up, making a great fuss later. Or forgetting if it does not happen.
The only air carrier to show any interest these days in either Paris or Farnborough is Qatar Airways who will be showcasing the A380, A350 XWB, and an Airbus A320 featuring a new Business Class cabin with fully lie-flat beds. The five aircraft line-up includes the Business Class A319 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. http://www.siae.fr/EN
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