Ben Sandilands June 22, 2017 24 Comments
Boeing's vague 797 ambitions may reflect uncertainty among airlines as to what they really want such a jet to do
Ben Sandilands June 19, 2017 24 Comments
Airbus shows off an easier way to get more passengers per plane than by jamming their thigh bones together
Ben Sandilands June 12, 2015 9 Comments
Got a few spare minutes? Go here to see a superb YouTube of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner rehearsing all the right moves for next week’s Paris Air Show.
Ben Sandilands June 21, 2013 4 Comments
The Airbus A350, the last all new large new airliner to be seen for a long time coming, has made a debut fly past at the Paris Air Show. Despite the cloudy conditions the images posted on line are evocative of a signpost event for aviation in this new century.
Ben Sandilands June 18, 2013 2 Comments
Despite some interesting developments, like the leasing deal for A380s, and Embraer’s response to Bombardier’s new small jet airliner, day one of the Paris Air Show, as seen from afar, and with dry feet, was a bit underwhelming.
Ben Sandilands June 16, 2013 20 Comments
There was a flying contest at Le Bourget north of Paris 40 years ago between the dueling supersonic airliners, the Concorde, and the Soviet Union’s TU-144.
Ben Sandilands May 28, 2013 7 Comments
Airbus and Boeing circle each other at the Paris Air Show with airliners that won't fly for many years.
Ben Sandilands June 27, 2011 4 Comments
Although it was swept aside at the Paris Air Show last week by the torrent of orders for the Airbus A320NEO, the manufacturer’s owner EADS’ proposal for an all-electric airliner may be what replaces them in the 2030s. This is the first plan for a completely electric large airliner. It is powered by what EADS […]
Ben Sandilands April 13, 2011
These are looking like very lean times for new airliner designs, so far as Airbus and Boeing are concerned. Consider this latest note from aerospace consultancy, Leeham, which has a sound record in picking up shifts in strategy by the manufacturers and designers, as well as trends in product demand. The summary of the Leeham […]
Ben Sandilands June 11, 2009 2 Comments
On 29 May, 40 years after Airbus was founded, Plane Talking recounted the demonstration flight debut of its original airliner, the A300 at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget in 1973. The first officer seat for much of the flight was taken by US Republican presidential hopeful and experienced pilot Senator Barry Goldwater while […]
Ben Sandilands May 29, 2009 3 Comments
Forty years ago today the agreement that launched the Airbus A300 was signed at the 1969 Paris Air Show. Coming during massive focus on the approaching Apollo 11 moon mission, and one year after France and West Germany were adjusting to the aftermath of the student riots the concept of a pan European aerospace entity […]