Starting on 5 June, this year’s ILA Berlin air show will be “bigger and more diverse than previous iterations”, according to its organisers.

Billed as “the largest aerospace trade show in the EU this year”, the event has attracted 600 exhibitors from 30 countries, including around 20 international pavilions, says Dr Patrick Keller, head of communications at the BDLI.

To run across three trade days and a public-access weekend, the biennial show this time has five main themes: aviation; space; defence and support; supplier; and advanced air mobility.

ILA 2022

Source: Messe Berlin

Some 600 exhibitors from 30 countries will attend ILA from 5-9 June (2022 event pictured)

Around 100 aircraft will be in the static display, with attractions including an Emirates Airline A380, the Novespace-operated A310 Zero-G platform, a Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and a NATO Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System.

The German armed forces will be the single largest exhibitor at the show, including within a dedicated defence park which also will feature companies such as Diehl Defence and Israel Aerospace Industries.

The event is a major opportunity for Germany’s aerospace industry – including its so-called “Mittelstand”: small- and medium-sized businesses – to showcase their activities. It also will highlight Berlin’s increased emphasis on defence spending, influenced by the war in Ukraine.

With the exhibition site located on the edge of Berlin Brandenburg airport, Keller notes: “The flying display is a bit of a challenge for us at ILA, because we are a unique fair – we have to do this flying display right next to an active airport.”

Each day will include four 30min time slots reserved for conducting flying displays. Highlights will include debut ILA performances by the A321XLR and Lockheed Martin’s F-35A, plus an “air parade” with the Luftwaffe’s Airbus Defence & Space A400M, Eurofighter and Panavia Tornado aircraft taking part.

FlightGlobal will be reporting from ILA from 5 June.