Boeing Co. (BA:US) will put its 787 Dreamliner on flying display at the Paris Air Show, as the aircraft maker seeks to leave behind a prolonged grounding, while Airbus SAS’s A350 may debut even before the June expo.
Qatar Airways Ltd. and Boeing are expected to participate now that U.S. regulators have cleared the airplane to fly again, said Gilles Fournier, managing director for the Paris show.
“We expect a flying display of the Boeing aircraft every day” with confirmation still pending, he said at a London briefing. The Airbus A350, the direct rival to the 787, is not planned to showcase at the event, with Fournier predicting the first flight before the show, which kicks off on June 17.
The Paris event rotates with the Farnborough International Air Show near London as the industry’s largest annual gathering of commercial and defense companies. It typically triggers a spate of aircraft orders and comes as Boeing and Airbus have already secured deals this year for about 1,000 jets.
“The show is fully booked since the end of January for the first time,” Fournier said. “This success follows the success of the industry.”
Fournier would not predict the level of sales announcements to be expected at the event’s 50th gathering at the Le Bourget airport north of Paris. Two years ago, aircraft makers combined pulled in more than 1,400 sales, largely on booming demand for Airbus’s more fuel-efficient A320neo.
While some companies have cut back on the size of their displays to reduce costs, Fournier said smaller enterprises have filled space to bring the total number of exhibitors to a record 2,200.
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