52ND PARIS AIR SHOW: ANOTHER EXCITING MOMENT

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The 52nd Paris Airshow ended on a high note, and African airlines registered notable presence too

The 52nd International Paris - Le Bourget Air Show has been observed by its organisers, SIAE (International Paris Air Show), a subsidiary of GIFAS (the French Aerospace Industries Association), as a remarkable success, which hosted 2, 381 exhibitors from 48 countries around the world.

According to Emeric d'Arcimoles, Paris Air Show's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the show hosted a total of 322,000 visitors, 140 aircrafts and made an estimated sum of $150 billion worth of orders. The 53rd edition of the International Paris - Le Bourget Air Show will be held from June 17-23, 2019, adds CEO.

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The 52nd Paris Air Show presented interesting Sceneries


Showcasing The Products

Some of the aircrafts displayed at the event include Airbus A321neo, Airbus A350-1000, Boeing B787-10, Boeing B737 Max9, Kawasaki P1 maritime patrol aircraft, Mitsubishi MRJ90 and Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter plane. According to the event organizers, Dassault Aviation's Rafale and Falcon 8X, the Airbus A380 and A400M, the Airbus Tiger and NH90 Caiman helicopters were popular with the public.

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Aircraft manufacturer, Embraer, was also present at the event, to unveil its new E195-E2, the largest member of the second generation of Embraer's family of commercial jets, the multi-mission transport and aerial refuelling aircraft KC-390 and the state-of-the-art mid-light business jet Legacy 450.

The airshow was also an opportunity for Bombardier to showcase the CS300 aircraft alongside launch operator airBaltic.

The latest aircraft innovations and designs were also showcased at the Paris Air Show this year. Zodiac Aerospace displayed at its stand a full scale cabin mockup, featuring the latest in cabin interior design. This design includes the new generation of ECOS overhead bins, PODs, galleys, lavatories, seats, and the RAVE inflight entertainment and connectivity systems.  Zodiac Aerospace also displayed its award winning Lifestyle cabin mock up, showcasing its vision on a cabin interior in 10 years' time.

 

Orders

The 2017 edition of the Paris Air Show boasted of an estimated sum of 150 billion dollars' worth of orders which includes 897 orders and purchasing commitments for a catalogue value of $115 billion, for 934 commercial aircrafts.

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Boeing reveals that it won orders and commitments for a total of 571 Boeing airplanes, valued at $74.6 billion at list prices. It says Boeing's 737 MAX 10, the newest member of the 737 MAX family, which was launched at the Paris Air Show, won more than 361 orders and commitments from 16 customers worldwide.

 

The Vice President of Global Sales, Boeing, Ihssane Mounir, remarks: "The launching of the Boeing 737 MAX 10 was an impeccable success. The wide market acceptance of the 737 MAX 10 has endorsed the newest member of the 737 MAX family as the industry's most efficient and profitable single-aisle airplane."

 

John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, discloses that Airbus won commitments for a total of 326 aircraft worth $40 billion during the week long event. "Our commercial success at the Paris Show extends our already diversified order backlog to a new industry record of over 6,800 aircraft, with 326 orders worth $40 billion. These commitments include firm orders for 144 aircraft worth $18.5 billion and MoUs for 182 aircraft worth $21.2 billion." Leahy declares.

 

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft was also able to secure $2 billion in orders and commitments during the show.

 

African Airlines Not Left Out

About six African airlines in attendance at the 2017 Paris Air Show secured orders and commitments for aircraft from the various aircraft manufacturers present at the event.

 

Ethiopian Airlines, during the show, made a commitment to purchase two of Boeing's 777 Freighters which it says will help boost the Ethiopian Cargo & Logistic Services. The two B 777 Freighters is valued at $651.4 million at list prices.

The airline reveals that it has also placed an order for 10 additional 737 MAX 8 airplanes, adding up Ethiopian's firm orders for 737 MAX 8s to 30. Boeing announces that Mauritania Airlines and Tassili Airlines in Algeria placed orders for a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane and three Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, respectively at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The B 737 MAX 8 airplane is valued at $112.4 million at list prices, while the three Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes are valued at over $294 million at list prices.

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The new Senegalese national carrier, Air Senegal, reveals that it signed a contract for a firm order of two ATR 72-600s at the Paris Air Show, with an estimated value of approximately 50 million euros at catalogue price. Delivery of these two turboprop aircraft, according to the airline, will be made in November 2017.

 

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft says it was able to sign a letter of intent (LOI) with CemAir (Pty) Ltd of South Africa for two Q400 airliners which is valued at approximately $65 million at list price. CemAir discloses that the new order will increase its current fleet of Bombardier aircraft to 17, including five Q Series turboprops and 12 CRJ Series aircraft.

 

During the 52nd International Paris Air Show, Embraer announced that it signed a Flight Hour Pool Program contract with South African airline, Airlink, to support the 13 E-Jets they have ordered. The pool agreement, for up to ten years, according to Embraer, will cover more than 300 part numbers and aircraft components.

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