Best of 2017: Paris Air Show

Best of 2017: Paris Air Show

Single-aisle commercial jet sales dominate the news.

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It wasn’t just temperatures near 100°F that made this year’s Paris Air Show sizzle. According to its organizers, the 52nd International Paris-Le Bourget Air Show tallied announcements for $150 billion worth of orders, including 897 orders plus purchasing commitments, totaling 934 commercial aircraft. Although the trade show attendance of 142,000 was 6% less than in 2015, the 2,381 exhibitors numbered 3% more than in 2015, representing 48 countries. The 1,415,454ft2 (131,500m2) of combined exhibit area included 340 chalets, 27 national pavilions, and 140 display aircraft. Among the planes making their Paris Air Show debut were Embraer’s E195-E2, KC-390, and Legacy 450; Mitsubishi Aircraft’s MRJ90 regional jet; Kawasaki’s P1 maritime patrol aircraft; and Lockheed Martin’s F-35A fighter jet, which featured in daily U.S. Air Force demonstration flights.

Revisit the amazing announcements and sales figures from the show, plus new technology on display.