Paris Air Show 2015
The WireMasters team traveled to Le BOURGET, France last week for the 2015 Paris Air show. Held at the Aéroport Paris-le Bourget, WireMasters joined approximately 2,300 other exhibitors and 350,000+ visitors for the largest Aerospace industry event in the world.
This year’s show was an exciting one, especially for Airbus. The France based company received 421 orders worth $57 billion. Not only were their numbers impressive, but they flew the fully electric E-Fan 1.0 that operates exclusively on batteries. The new E-Fan 2.0 was on a static display during the show. Both these prototypes are a part of Airbus’s goal to achieve a 100-seat electric aircraft within the next 15 years.
Last month the Airbus A400M airlifter had a tragic accident during a test flight, but the military logistics and transport aircraft made its comeback during the show with a successful flight performance. Announcing that they will soon resume deliveries, all the A400M’s have been cleared of restrictions as long as they have undergone the proper engine software checks Airbus recently ordered.
Airbus Helicopters had an exciting launch of their next generation heavy lift-helicopter, the X6 program. The X6 is the latest part of Airbus Helicopters H generation platform and will be tailored towards the civil market.
“X6 will be for the heavy segment in the next decade what the H160 is today for the mediums. It will set new standards in the industry not only for design, but for its production strategy as well, as we will rely on the industrial capacities of our core countries, including the upcoming pillar in Poland,” explained Guillaume Faury, the President & CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “Our objective is to bring to the market the most efficient helicopter solutions adapted for how our customers’ needs and the industry itself will evolve in the future.”
Boeing also had a successful show, receiving orders totaling $50.2 billion for 331 aircrafts, while seeing their stock rise 2% during the show. The manufacturer’s largest order derived from the Dutch based company, AerCap. The world’s largest airplane leasing company, AerCap placed an order for 100 Boeing 737 Max 8s, valued at $10.7 Billion.
Perhaps one of the most discussed topics of the show was Boeing’s jet that doesn’t even exist yet. Still in the design phase, the plane known as MOM (middle of market) refers to a jet that would succeed the Boeing 757 as it would fit in between the current single and twin aisle offerings. Boeing’s vision for the aircraft is to seat approximately 220 people with a potential flight distance of 4,500 nautical miles. Boeing hasn’t yet committed to production of the aircraft , which if executed would have a target sevice date of the 2020’s.
The 51st Paris Air Show experience was one to remember! Thanks to everyone who made this show a great success! WireMasters enjoyed our first year exhibiting and we look forward to attending again in 2017!