Like more than 60 of my Flightglobal colleagues, I've just managed to survive another Paris air show. This one was my thirteenth successive Paris as a professional (I started young!), but it still has the ability to excite, entertain and depress me in equal measure.
This one ended slightly early for me as I headed to Brussels (which involved a particularly torrid and delayed 3h TGV train journey) to cover the SITA/Airline Business IT Summit. But I still covered the thick end of the Paris show week, managed to break a few stories and grab at least 4h sleep each night!
Here are a few of the high- and low-lights from the show, IMHO:
My Paris highlights
- Getting up close and personal to the 747-8I and meeting chief test pilot Capt Mark Feuerstein
- Fernandes' entertaining AirAsia A320neo order press conf (wasn't there but the tweets indicate that fun was had by all)
- Seeing KAL's A380 substitute for the Airbus demonstrator in the flying display (I don't need to explain why it had to stand in!)
- The superb food provided by Dawn and the girls in the Budgie News cafe
- Getting up at 5am every day
- The show's usual confusing and inconsistent policy of traffic and people control which created unnecessary traffic jams and queues
- The torrential rain we had to endure at times (again, a familiar theme at Paris!)
- The lack of clarity on Boeing's A320neo competitive response
- The cool reception that the enhanced A350-1000 was given
So, it's time to regroup and get ready for "Funbro" 2012 in July next year. But before that we've got Dubai and Singapore to look forward to!
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