Giant Airbus star of 238 planes at Paris Air Show

9th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

LE BOURGET, France, June 9 (AFP) - Airbus' giant A380 passenger jet will be the main attraction of this year's Paris Air Show, which opens its gates June 13-19 on the outskirts of the French capital.

LE BOURGET, France, June 9 (AFP) - Airbus' giant A380 passenger jet will be the main attraction of this year's Paris Air Show, which opens its gates June 13-19 on the outskirts of the French capital.  

Over 300,000 visitors are expected at Le Bourget, the airport outside Paris that has since 1951 hosted the biennial show considered the world's top aeronautical event, organisers told a press conference on Wednesday.  

This year's exhibition will feature 238 planes including several belonging to private collectors, said the event's general commissioner Louis Le Portz.   

Sixty of the aircraft will make demonstration flights, he said.  

A record number of 1,924 exhibitors will be displaying products at the show, which will be inaugurated by French President Jacques Chirac.  

On-site facilities include a 30,000 square-metre lawn beside the runway, a 2,500-seat spectator tribune and several giant viewing screens.   

The new Airbus is expected at Le Bourget on June 12, and is scheduled to make several demonstration flights. Boeing's rival 777-200 LR, latest in a line of acclaimed 777 Jumbo jets, will also be in attendance.  

The exhibition is also expected to showcase the new generation of pilot-less aircraft, including a life-size model of Dassault Aviation's new Neuron combat drone.   

But Le Portz said the planes will not be flying for reasons of security.  

The show is reserved to industry professionals during the first four days, but will be accessible to the public from June 17 to 19.  

In 2003, the show had 202 planes and 1,728 exhibitors.

 

© AFP

Subject: French News

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