Airbus Concept And More, At Paris Air Show

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The Paris Air Show opens next Monday with 2,100 exhibitors, the most ever for the show, which is held every other year at Le Bourget. The event features commercial and military aircraft as well as a handful of GA exhibitors. Airbus will introduce its "concept cabin" for the airliner of 2050, which features a fuselage built of bio-membranes that can be made transparent to offer passengers a view of the night sky or of landmarks passing below (click here for the video). One of the most anticipated debuts this year is "special guest" Solar Impulse, the solar-powered aircraft built in Switzerland, making its first public airshow appearance. The aircraft flew into the show on Tuesday evening despite several weather delays, and is scheduled for demo flights every morning.

HyperMach, an aeronautical company based in Europe, is expected to unveil a concept for a supersonic business jet that would be capable of speeds up to Mach 4. Their news conference is scheduled for Monday, and the company has released little advance information. Eurocopter will perform its first public flight demos of the X3 hybrid rotorcraft at the show. If plenty of sales materialize at the show, as has been predicted, it could help to boost the global aviation industry as it struggles to recover from a stubborn economic downturn.