With orders back in fashion, it was just like old times at Paris
It was a tender moment. An Airbus delegation led by a grinning chief executive Noel Forgeard is photographed being led down the steps of the Boeing 777-200LR on the static display at Le Bourget by Forgeard’s counterpart at Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA), Alan Mulally, with his senior colleagues. Airbus returned the favour by inviting the Boeing team onboard the A380. For all that this year’s
The expected no-holds-barred scrap over state aid became a rather flat affair, Airbus having decided to shelve the launch of the A350 for three months as the dispute starts to make its lumbering way through the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Rather than trading punches, both sides kept emphasising that they hoped a compromise could be agreed.
In terms of big visual statements, Airbus, of course, stole the show with the A380’s maiden
On orders, both manufacturers had an exceptionally strong
With more orders coming at Paris from the likes of start-up Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways, the main worry for the big two might in fact be their exposure to the
The other two main airliner manufacturers, Bombardier and Embraer, had a quieter
The next Farnborough or
On the defence side, unmanned air vehicles again made a significant impact at
The shape of the industry’s big get-togethers has changed too. This year’s Paris – at which US industry was back in force after the Iraq rift of 2003 – was a day shorter than previously, with the week compressed into four rather than five business days, a move which was welcomed by exhibitors and visitors alike.
Next year’s Farnborough air show is taking a similar tack and used
Despite making efforts to shore up their business aviation representation, both main shows appear to be fighting a losing battle against the success of the dedicated European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in
MURDO MORRISON & GRAHAM WARWICK
Source: Flight International