The Paris Air Show is the oldest and largest air show in the world, whether it be in terms of exhibitors, trade visitors, official delegations or journalists.
The Paris Air Show was first held in 1909 at the Grand Palais, and is held during one week every two years. The first four days are reserved for trade professionals followed by three days open to the general public.
From Monday, 19 June to Sunday, 25 June 2017, the 52nd edition of the Paris Air Show will take place at the Paris-Le Bourget Airport.
- 2,300 exhibitors in an exhibition space of 324,000 m² including 330 cabins.
- 27 country pavilions.
- Nearly 300 official civilian and defence delegations from 91 countries.
- 150 aircraft with 40 taking part in the flying display.
- 150,000 trade visitors (from 165 countries) and 200,000 general public visitors.
- 4,300 accredited journalists from around the world.
- 6,000 people working in its organization including 1,000 people ensuring security.
- 1st trade show in the world to have ISO-20121 certification, since 2013, in recognition of its commitment to responsible management and respecting the environment.
The Paris Air Show is the place to be for all the big countries working in aeronautics, with nearly 50% of the exhibitors coming from foreign countries. The most popular country being the United States, which will be represented by nearly 350 exhibitors, most of them in the American Pavilion of over 4,000 m². The number of Chinese companies attending has grown by 30% versus 2015.
All of the major aircraft players in the world have confirmed their attendance. This year, planes never before seen in France such as the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Multi-Role Fighter, the Mitshubishi Regional Jet and the Kawasaki P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft will be featured.
The two- to three-hour flying display is geared specifically to the general public. Many aircraft of exhibitors in the air and on the ground will showcase a wide array of current and future technologies.
For the 2017 edition, all of the areas (halls, cabins and static areas) have been rented since October 2016, in other words, much earlier than in the past and more than six months before its start. This reflects the importance of the show and the good health of the aerospace industry.
The Paris Air Show focuses on innovation:
- A first for shows in the aeronautics industry, the Paris Air Show is offering its visitors a unique innovative space: Paris Air Lab. This means future shows will include a launching pad for current and future innovations, whether they be generated by major companies in the aeronautics industry, institutions or start-ups. The Paris Lab will also be a place for exchanging ideas and for partaking in immersive virtual and augmented reality experiences.
- The Paris Air Show is not only a space for innovation but also a space focusing on young people, employment and skills training. At a time when aerospace companies are having trouble recruiting production workers due to a lack of candidates, the Avion des Metiers (Careers Plane) on its third edition and the Forum Emploi Formation (Jobs and Training Forum) are being held in the same venue in a more comprehensive approach for reaching out to young people. Some 20 occupations will be presented to young people and 70 training institutions will have exhibition stands. During the Paris Air Show, GIFAS, France’s aerospace industries association, will organize several awareness-raising and promotional activities targeting young people and focusing on aeorospace production-related occupations.
- Finally, the Paris Air Show has made improving its services vis-à-vis exhibitors and visitors a priority (significant investment in the layout of the exhibition area, digitizing processes, providing new high-performance tools, etc.).