An enlarged static area, a sixth exhibition hall and new-look chalets are just some of the elements which make the 43rd Paris air show the biggest, and - the organisers hope - the best air show ever.

With more than 1,760 exhibitors registered by mid-May, organiser SIAE had to create a sixth exhibition hall adding a further 5,000sqm of covered space making a total of 51,514m2.


With the extension to the static areas by 15,000m2 and realignment of the northern row of chalets there are 29,662m2 of outdoor exhibition space.

The new chalets are the result of close cooperation between the SIAE and exhibitors.

Various groups were given the opportunity to express their opinions before the prototype Chalet 2000 was unveiled.

Not only do they look great and offer a greater degree of comfort, the new design gives much-improved layout flexibility - often a concern in the past.

The flexibility has manifested itself in the variety of reception areas to be found. This year there are 458 chalets.


During the week-long show, 200 aircraft will be on show. Forty countries are represented.

For the first time the show has its own intranet service. Exhibitors in the chalets and national pavilions can browse for information on air display schedules, maps, catalogues and on-site offers as well as external information such as weather conditions.

They can also exchange information via internal e-mail.

Source: Flight Daily News