At Least 16 Aircraft Debut At Paris
The Paris Air Show starts Monday and aviation pundits have counted 16 aircraft making their debut at the big show, including the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet. The single-engine personal jet was certified last November and made its first European appearance in May at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE). The only other aircraft connected to GA are the military conversion of the Air Tractor 802 into L-3’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) Longsword and Diamond’s Dart 450 turboprop military trainer. As always, Boeing and Airbus will duke it out for orders and attention by bringing their latest hardware.
Boeing is bringing the 787-10 and will increase media attention by giving details about the next model in the pipeline, logically expected to be designated the 797. Airbus is flying the A350-1000 and has also upgraded the A380 to improve fuel efficiency (winglets) and increase takeoff weight to a staggering 1.27 million pounds. Lockheed has reportedly booked $37 billion in orders for the F-35 and is shopping for customers for the civilian version of its J model C-130. Other new aircraft include the AN-132D, Airbus A321neo, Airbus Helicopters H160 and VSR700, Boeing 737-9 MAX, Embraer E195-E2 and KC-390, Kawasaki P-1, Mitsubishi MRJ90 and Turkish Aerospace Industries Hurkus.