Paris Air Show
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|Paris Air Show
Salon international de l'aéronautique et de l'espace, Paris-Le Bourget
The first day of the 2007 Paris Air Show
|Host airport||Paris – Le Bourget Airport|
|Location||Le Bourget, Paris (since 1953)|
|Held||Odd years, June|
|Operated by||SIAE (GIFAS)|
|Attendance||380 000 (2009)|
The Paris Air Show (Salon international de l'aéronautique et de l'espace, Paris-Le Bourget) claims to be the world's oldest and largest air show. Established in 1909, it is currently held every odd year at Le Bourget Airport in north Paris, France. The next Paris Air Show, on the 17th to the 23rd of June 2013, will be the 50th.
The format is similar to the Farnborough International Airshow in Britain and the ILA Berlin Air Show, which both next happen in 2014. 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. According to Gifas, the 2011 Paris show attracted 151,500 professional visitors and 204,000 members of the general public, and 3,250 journalists from 80 countries.
It is a large commercial event, with a major purpose being to demonstrate military and civilian aircraft to potential customers. It has a claim 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 Paris Air Show traces its history back to 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. There were four further shows before the First World War. The show restarted in 1919, and from 1924 it was held every two years before being interrupted again by 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. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the show emerged as a powerful international rival to the Farnborough Airshow. The 1971 show featured a full scale mock-up of an Airbus A300 while the new DC-10 and Lockheed Tristar were present at the 1973 edition. Among major accidents, there were two crashes of Convair B-58 Hustler bombers, in 1961 (during aerobatics) and 1965 (during landing).
At the Paris Air Show on June 3, 1973, the second Tupolev Tu-144 production aircraft (registration 77102) crashed during a display. It stalled while attempting a rapid climb. Trying to pull out of the subsequent dive, the aircraft broke up crashed, destroying 15 houses and killing all six on board and eight on the ground and a further 60 received serious injuries.
The causes of this incident remain controversial. Theories include: the Tu-144 tried to avoid a French Mirage chase plane which was attempting to photograph it, that changes had been made by the ground engineering team to the auto-stabilisation circuits to allow the Tu-144 to outperform Concorde in the display circuit, and that the crew were attempting a manoeuvre—to outshine Concorde—that the aircraft was not capable of.
The "38th Paris International Air and Space Show" or "1989 Paris Air Show", featured a variety of aerospace technology from NATO and Warsaw pact nations. A MiG 29 crashed during a demonstration flight with no loss of life. The then Soviet space shuttle Buran and its carrier Antonov An-225 was displayed at this show.
The 2005 show, held 13–19 June, was the 46th show, and witnessed the return of American companies in large numbers following the downscaling of their presence in 2003 in relation to the Iraq War. Another strain in relations in 2005 was the recently launched World Trade Organisation litigation, which involved action filed by the United States against the EU member states alleging WTO-inconsistent subsidies to Airbus.
The Airbus A380 opened the show with a flying display.
In 2007 the 47th show took place. At this show the Airbus A330 MRTT tanker/transport, Antonov An-148 regional jet, Bell/Agusta BA609 tilt-rotor, Socata TBM 850 and the S4 Ehécatl unmanned aircraft were presented for the first time.
- Significant orders
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- Qatar Airways firms order for 80 Airbus A350 XWB and 3 additional A380 aircraft
- Emirates Airline orders 8 additional A380 aircraft
- US Airways orders 22 A350 XWB, 10 A330-200 and 60 A32X series (A319, A320, A321) aircraft
- General Electric Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) orders 6 Boeing 777 Freighter and 60 A32X series aircraft
- Lion Air orders 40 additional 737-900ER aircraft
- Lufthansa orders 30 Embraer 190 E-Jets
- Japan Airlines orders 10 170 E-Jets
- Jazeera Airways orders 30 A320 aircraft (+10 options)
- Nouvelair orders 2 A320 aircraft
- Aviation Lease and Finance Company (Kuwait) ("ALAFCO") orders 12 A350 XWB aircraft
- S7 Airlines orders 25 A320 aircraft
- Air France orders 18 A32X series and 2 A380 aircraft
- Intrepid Aviation, Inc. orders 20 A330-200F aircraft
- International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) orders an additional 50 787 (+2 options), 10 737 series, and 1 777-300ER aircraft
- ItAli Airlines orders 10 (+10 options) Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft
- Aeroflot orders 22 A350 XWB aircraft
- Kingfisher Airlines orders 15 A350 XWB, 5 A340-500, 10 A330 and 20 A320 family aircraft
- Afriqiyah Airways orders 6 A350 XWB aircraft
- Etihad Airways orders 4 A340-600, 5 A330-200 and 3 A330-200 freighter aircraft
- Aircastle Ltd. orders 15 A330-200F freighter aircraft and 5 A321 aircraft (for lease to Aeroflot)
- KLM orders 7 737-700 aircraft
- Air France orders 9 777-300ER aircraft
- Libyan Airlines orders 7 A320, 4 A330 and 4 A350 XWB aircraft
- CIT orders 25 A320 and 7 A350 XWB aircraft
- Ural Airlines orders 5 A320 aircraft
- MNG Airlines orders 2 A330-200F aircraft
- Avianca orders 14 A320 and 5 A330 aircraft
- Hong Kong Airlines orders 1 ACJ, 30 A320 and 20 A330 aircraft
- BAA Jet Management orders 1 ACJ aircraft
- Mandala Airlines orders 25 A350XA320 aircraft
- Tiger Airways orders 30 A320 aircraft
- Singapore Airlines orders 20 A350 XWB aircraft
- National Air Service orders 20 A320 aircraft
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The 48th International Paris Air Show took place in 2009 and marked a hundred years of technological innovation in aeronautics and space conquest. The event was held from 15 to 21 June, at Le Bourget. A memorial service was held for the victims of Air France Flight 447.
The 2011 show was the 49th presentation, and hosts over 2,100 international exhibitors in 28 international pavilions and has 150 aircraft, including the solar airplane Solar Impulse. The show is marked by the presence for the first time a Chinese manufacturer, COMAC - which according to industry analysts, should eventually become a competitor to Airbus - and by the arrival of three new Boeing aircraft passenger and cargo versions of the 747-8 and 787.
A demo A380 was damaged the day before the exhibition opened and needed a replacement. ·  while the new military transport aircraft A400M had an engine failure, but could still perform some demonstration flights. Airbus took in a total of about 910 orders for $88 billion, including $ 60 billion for the A320neo ordered by GECAS U.S., while Boeing announced orders for 141 totaling $ 22 billion.
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See also 
- Aero India
- Air show
- Berlin Air Show
- Dubai Airshow
- Farnborough Airshow
- MAKS Airshow
- Air/Space America 88
- List of airshows
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Media related to 2007 Paris Air Show at Wikimedia Commons
- GIFAS, organisers of the Paris Air Show
- Salon du Bourget, Photo Gallery
- Live Coverage from the Paris Air Show