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Attendance at the 51st Paris Air Show rose among exhibitors, trade visitors and the general public totalling to 353,000 people on the Le Bourget tarmac – an 11 percent increase from the last event in 2013. This year, aircraft manufacturers pulled in billions of dollars in sales, the future of electronic aircraft looked promising (and sleek) and the signature flying displays did not fail to impress. The only drawback? The sprinkling of rain throughout the week and the shuttling of PAS15 attendees between Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget, a 7.5 mile distance that apparently took more than two hours to cover by taxi.

Here is the biggest buzz from the week-long exhibit:

1. Airbus scores the most sales of aircraft manufacturers at PAS15
Airbus received 421 orders on its national home turf at the Paris Air Show, worth $57 billion in sales. The biggest order came in from Wizz Air for the A321neo, but there were none for its double-decker wide body A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, which has been struggling to sell. Second in sales at the Air Show was Boeing with 331 aircraft orders amounting to $50.2 billion, including Ethiopian Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Qatar Airways and Korean Air.

2. Bombardier Debuts CSeries
Bombardier’s CSeries program, which have been suffering delays, turned up at the Paris Air Show but received no orders for either CS100 or CS300 jets. The Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer which says its jets are beating efficiency caps in the industry says it met with 98 percent of its targeted customers and believes the orders will eventually come. The sole Bombardier order came from WestJet for six additional Q400 turboprops.

3. E-Fan 2.0 Makes a Life-Sized Appearance
Previous sightings of the E-Fan 2.0 were only models of the two-seater electric plane. It wasn’t until the Paris Air Show that Airbus showed off an operational version of pilot-training plane. On the ground, attendees were able to admire the aircraft’s sleek body, while in the air, the absence of a traditional jet engine was audibly apparent. E-Fan 2.0 has a take off speed of 68 mph and crusing and top speeds at over 124 mph. A fully charged plane has 45 minutes to one hour of flight with the possibility of reloading its battery. Production of the two-seater electric aircraft is expected to commence next year, with hopes for four-seater and 100-seater versions down the road.

4. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Vertical Take-off Goes Viral
The video of a Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner hauling itself from the tarmac into the sky at an almost perpendicular angle received more than three million views in the 48 hours after it was uploaded. The video was filmed prior to the Paris Air Show during a rehearsal over Moses Lake, WA. Domestic passengers traveling between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be the first to fly in the airline’s new aircraft, with London being its first international destination. For more footage of the stunt, Boeing released follow-up video taken from inside the cockpit.

5. Oman Air chooses Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment system for its new fleet
The Android-based AVANT in-flight entertainment system by Thales will be installed on 25 new Oman Air aircraft including Boeing 737s and 787s, and Airbus 330s. The IFE system uses Thales’ award-winning Touch PMU handset to navigate the large selection of on-demand entertainment. The airline is in the midst of an expansion that will see 70 jetliners in service by 2020.

Wednesday 17 June 2015
ATR announces 46 firm aircraft orders and 35 options

The total value of the orders received amounts to 1.98 billion dollars

The contract signed with Japan Airlines opens up a new market for ATR and enables it to exceed 1,500 firm orders since the beginning of the program

Table summarizing the sales announced by ATR during the Paris Air Show: 

Cebu Pacific: This contract introduces the ATR 72-600 to the fleet of the Philippine airline which has been operating ATRs since 2008. It currently has a fleet of 8 ATR 72-500s. The gradual arrival of the new ATR 72-600s as of the third quarter of 2016 will enable the company to open new routes, to reinforce its main destinations and to gradually replace its current fleet of ATR ‘-500’s.
Japan Airlines: First commercial contract for ATR in Japan; a high-potential market with more than 130 regional aircraft in service, including 109 aging turboprops, which are on average 14 years old. The aircraft will be operated by JAC (Japan Air Commuter), the regional subsidiary of the national airline. In addition to the arrival of these first ATRs in the country, ATR is preparing to open a commercial branch office in Tokyo.
Binter: This contract for 6 ATR 72-600s comes on top of an order for the same number of aircraft placed in 2014. The Canary Islands airline, which has been operating ATRs since 1989, is in the process of modernizing its ATR fleet, which so far consists of 18 ATR 72-500s. The first Binter ATR 72-600 is scheduled to enter into service in August 2015.
Braathens Aviation: The five ATR 72-600s will be joining the current fleet of 5 ATR 72-500s at present operated by Braathens Regional. With its new ATRs, the airline is also preparing to gradually phase out its fleet of Saab 2000, thus offering its passengers greater comfort and significantly reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per seat.
Bahamasair: New ATR operator. The contract will enable the airline to begin replacing its former 50-seat turboprop aircraft fleet with three latest generation ATR 42-600s and two ATR 72-600s, offering more seats and the latest standards of comfort on short routes to neighboring countries and between the islands of the archipelago.
Air Madagascar: An ATR operator for nearly 20 years now. The arrival of these three
ATR 72-600s, combined with the arrival of two others being leased, will enable Air Madagascar to renew its ATR fleet, currently consisting of one ATR 42-500s and two ATR 72-500s and to significantly increase the number of seats available on its main domestic routes.
Air New Zealand: This ATR 72-600 was initially an option in a previous contract and was converted to a firm order. It will reinforce the airline’s regional expansion with latest generation aircraft. Air New Zealand today operates a fleet of 11 ATR 72-500s and 7 ATR 72-600s, the last one having been delivered this week at the Paris Air Show. With 7 other ATR 72-600s on order, the airline will be operating 26 ATRs in 2017, one of the largest ATR fleets in the Asia Pacific region.




Founded in 1981, ATR has become the world leader on the market for regional aircraft with 90 seats or less. Since its creation, ATR has sold over 1500 aircraft. With over 25 million flight hours, ATR models equip the fleets of more than 190 airlines in over 90 countries. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Group company) and the Airbus Group. Its head office is in Toulouse. ATR is ISO 14001 certified.

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