The International Paris Air Show – 53rd edition


The 53rd show will take place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions from 17 to 23 June 2019, and once again will bring together all the players in this global industry around the latest technological innovations. This event, over a hundred years old, is the largest and longest-running aerospace trade show in the world.

History is being made at the show with the appearance here on the Paris static park of the Israeli-built Eviation aircraft called Alice. It is the first all-electric, zero emissions regional commuter aircraft to be shown and its nine passengers will be able to cruise at 275 mph with a maximum range of 650 miles, with a half hour of recharging time for every hour in the air. UAVs are growing in number at the air shows, and Elbit Systems’ Hermes 45, a small tactical unmanned aircraft system, made its first public appearance on the Paris static display.
The big news on the first day of the show was the launch of the Airbus A321XLR, an addition to the neo family and one that will be capable of flying 200 passengers 4,700nm. The first customer was Steven Udar Hazy's Air Lease Corportation for 27 aircraft. He said the new XLR would go further than the 757s and make a 30% cost and fuel reduction.
Russian Helicopters is impressing with the flexibility of its new Ansat helicopter which is making its debut at the Paris show. The show will be about milestones too with 50-year celebrations from Airbus and Embraer as well as, of course, the Moon landings. Engine-maker CFM was also impressing with a milestone of its own – the equivalent of 115,000 years of service or 400,000 times to the moon and back.