report by: Thierry letellier
The Paris Air Show (Salon international de l’aéronautique et de l’espace de Paris-Le Bourget, Salon du Bourget) claims to be the world’s calendar-oldest air show.Established in 1909, it is currently held every odd year at Le Bourget Airport in north Paris, France. The 2015 Paris Air Show, from 15–21 June 2015, became the 51st. The format is similar to the Farnborough International Airshow in Britain and the ILA Berlin Air Show, both of which are staged in alternate years to the Paris show. The Paris event starts with four professional days closed to the general public, and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday the public, including children, are allowed in. The Paris Air Show is organised by the French aerospace industry’s primary representative body, the Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales (GIFAS).
It is a large commercial event, with a major purpose being to demonstrate military and civilian aircraft to potential customers. It claims to be the most prestigious aircraft exposition in the world. Major aircraft sales contracts are announced by manufacturers during the show. All major international manufacturers, as well as representatives of the military forces of many countries, attend the Paris Air Show.
The first decade of the 20th century. In 1908 a section of the Paris Motor Show was dedicated to aircraft. The following year, a dedicated air show was held at the Grand Palais from 25 September to 17 October, during which 100,000 visitors turned out to see products and innovations from 380 exhibitors.
After the Second World War, it restarted again in 1946 and since 1949, has been held in every odd year.The air show continued to be held at the Grand Palais, and from 1949 flying demonstrations were staged at Paris Orly Airport. In 1953, the show was relocated from the Grand Palais to Le Bourget. Since the 1970s, the show emerged as the main international reference of the aeronautical sector.The 2015 edition of the Salon blasted all records so far, with 351 584 visitors, over 2300 exhibitors, 122 500 square meters of exhibition space, 4359 journalists from 72 countries and 130 billion euros in purchases, consolidating its leadership as world’s biggest marketplace in aeronautics. The 2015 edition of the Salon blasted all records so far, with 351 584 visitors, over 2300 exhibitors, 122 500 square meters of exhibition space, 4359 journalists from 72 countries and 130 billion euros in purchases, consolidating its leadership as world’s biggest marketplace in aeronautics.
BAE Systems, Saab and Northrop Grumman are significant no shows at this year’s event with all the companies citing their need to focus on regional markets around the world as the reason for opting out of Paris this time round. Others have reduced their presence at the show Northrop dropped out of the big international shows at Paris and Farnborough a while ago, now they have been joined by two of Europe’s leading defense players in not attending Le Bourget. More than 320 US exhibitors across the entire aerospace spectrum will be at the show making it far and away the largest international exhibitor. Washington’s budget sequestration issues forced a low military profile in Paris 2013, but it appears likely the Pentagon presence will be higher this time round. Sadly, though while the US military will be bringing a number of aircraft to the show. there were no plans for them to take part in the flying display.
Despite those facts; The ” Salon du Bourget ” remain an important stage on the worldwide Commercial Airshow Circus. And we are now waiting for the 2017 edition.