France : 47 e salon aéronautique du Bourget

 Visite de quelques acteurs internationaux


United States of America

The United States of America this year presented its Trade Department and its major exhibitors such as Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Cessna, Bell AG. Boeing is the leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined.



During the exhibition, Boeing signed important agreements (in particular with Korea Aerospace Industries) and received new orders (Air France – KLM group, etc.).

Although Boeing received fewer orders than their chief competitor Airbus, it showcased its plans for the future by presenting its new aircraft, the 787. During a press conference, Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 programme, reported on the first all-new jetliner. He said “the team working on the airplane is working hard to prepare for the premiere.” The future 787 “Dreamliner”, the first commercial aircraft to use composites as its primary structure, is in the final stages of factory assembly. Its first flight will be this year and it will enter into service in May 2008. For Mike Bair, “it’s the strongest confirmation possible that we are bringing the right airplane to the market at the right time. The airlines of the world have validated that the environmental performance, passenger appeal and new technologies that are fundamental to the 787 are the right combination for the second century of powered flight.” Boeing has received 584 orders from 45 customers since the Dreamliner’s launch in 2004. The Boeing Company employs more than 150,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries worldwide. Total company revenue for 2006 was $61.5 billion. Boeing, the world’s premier manufacturer of commercial jetliners for more than 40 years, is organised into two business units: Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Bell Augusta Aerospace Company was formed to capitalize on the strengths and capabilities of the two aerospace companies. The company produces the rotorcraft BA609 civil “Tiltrotor”, which combines the speed, altitude and comfort of a turboprop with the vertical takeoff and landing capability of a helicopter.



Russia, a traditional participant in the Paris Air Shows, presented aerospace products and services offered for export by more than 60 enterprises and organisations. Their participation in the Paris Air Show 2007, staged by Rosoboronexport State Corporation, may give a renewed impetus to the development of production cooperation with foreign states. This year they exhibited models, mock-ups, posters and promotional materials for a full range of modern aircraft and helicopters, airborne weapons, air defence systems and dual and civil purpose space technologies. The world-renowned Sukkoi and MiG multi-role fighters made up the core of the exposition: Sukkoi combat aircraft were represented by the Su-27SK multi-role fighter, the Su-30MK, responsible for a considerable part of Russian aircraft exports, and the Su-32 fighter bomber. The Russian aircraft corporation MIG Federal State Unitary Enterprise (RAC MIG) brings together every aspect of business to provide the complete process of aircraft development, manufacturing, selling and after-sale service for aircraft maintenance and upgrades. According to a decree from the Russian President Vladimir Putin, RAC MIG is to become a private company. MIG is a world-famous, instantly recognisable name; its history goes back over 67 years, during which time it has designed over 450 combat aircraft. Over 60,000 MiG aircraft have so far been produced in Russia and the USSR, 11,000 of which have been in operation defending the skies over 40 nations. MiG-family aircraft were represented at the Paris Air Show 2007 by the unique MiG-29M OVT. Their flight program presented an aerobatics display performed by RAC MIG test pilot Mikhail Belyaev. His flying displays always stand out due to their complexity, brilliant technique and superb airmanship. “We have been fully satisfied by the results achieved. At the same time, the new control capabilities have not been finalised yet and we will continue our work to extend the jet’s manoeuverability,” explained chief test pilot Pavel Vlasov. Guests and exhibitors at the show were able to admire breathtaking sky aerobatics performed by the unique super maneuverable MiG-29M multi-role fighter with thrust vector control.


At Le Bourget, Embraer promoted the ERJ 145 and E-jets families of commercial jets, the executive jets portfolio and its defence systems, which include the ISR family and the super Tucano. The Embraer 170 jet exhibited at this year’s air show belonged to EgyptAir Express. The Embraer 170 has long been awaited by airlines, as the jet fleet currently in operation is now almost 15 years old and in the 170, they see a replacement, state-of–the art aircraft that offers reliability, performance, comfort and adequate economics. This aircraft will be displayed throughout Europe, the Middle-East, and Africa after the Paris Air Show, which also saw the first showing of a full-scale replica of the Phenom 300. The Embraer family has been the first E-jets family aircraft to achieve this operating capability, which represents the final step towards flying into and out of London City Airport. The Embraer 190 will be the second E-jet to incorporate the same functionality and its release is on schedule for December 2008. On the success of the Legacy 600 jet, during the Paris Air show, Luis Carlo Affonso, Embraer executive vice president said “we are honored that Cirrus Aviation has selected the Legacy 600 to further expand its fleet”. Embraer is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets of up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. It has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, the United States, France, Portugal, China and Singapore. The company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for commercial and executive aviation, as well as defence and governmental sectors.


China Aviation Industry Corporation AVIC I, the central force in China’s aviation industry, this year presented a strong spectrum of products, projects and cooperation opportunities. AVIC I, AVIC II and CATIC (China national aviation technology import and export company) jointly had 274 m² of static displays. The major products on show included: the “Xialong” fighter, the “Shangying” trainer, the “MA160” regional propeller aircraft, the “ARJ21” regional jet, as well as flight deck simulation and ejection seat systems. AVIC I, the manufacturer of the F10 fighter, the MA60 turbo-prop regional airplane and the ARJ21 regional jet, the mainstay of Chinese aviation industry, presented its strength with a strong array of products and projects: military aircraft, aircraft engines and air-to-air missiles. AVIC I is a large, state-owned industrial group, established in 1999, which has 47 large and medium-sized facilities, 31 science and technology research institutes and 22 specialised companies and institutions. AVIC I develops, manufactures and supports military and commercial aircraft, aircraft engines, air-borne systems and weaponry fire control systems.


The Hal Company was in Paris amongst reports of a 40%, growth in business last year and a $10 billion order book, plus prospects for continued future expansion. Hal is divided into the following groups: aircraft and aerospace, helicopters, engines, accessories and avionics and material and services. Hal today has emerged as one of the country’s premier defence production companies and is fully-owned by the Indian Ministry of Defence. Among its many products, Hal presented an intermediate jet trainer (UT), the TEJAS light combat aircraft and an advanced light helicopter for military and civil roles. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is a premier aerospace company owned by the Indian Ministry of Defence, with its corporate headquarters in Bangalore. The company has 16 production divisions and 9 collocated R & D centers spread across the country and has formulated a long-term plan for the period 2003-2012, which considers the medium-term requirements of the Indian defence services, the major customers of the company. The plan envisages a threefold increase in sales turnover with a focus on production based in R & D projects and improved profitability and productivity through outsourcing and HRD interventions.


The watchword at the Paris Air Show of the Israeli manufacturer was “smarter defence means better defence”. Israel presented its manufacturers and their sophisticated solutions for the defence and security. Companies of note included Aeronautics Defence Systems Ltd., who specialised in security, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The company, a pioneer in this field, is known for its defence solutions, especially its unmanned systems (UAVs). Also present were Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel’s largest high-tech company and a globally-recognised leader in defence and civil aerospace technology, and Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd., which was founded in 1948. The company produces missiles, combat vehicle upgrading, UAVs, and much more. Rafael is involved in joint ventures with organizations such as Lockeed Martin, Northrop, Grumman, General Dynamics, and Thales

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