- Title: FRANCE: BIENNIAL PARIS AIR SHOW TAKES PLACE
- Date: 19th June 2001
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (18 JUNE 2001) (REUTERS) 1. MV AIR FRANCE CHAIRMAN JEAN-CYRIL SPINETTA HOLDING MODEL OF THE A380 AIRBUS; MV JOURNALISTS (2 SHOTS) 0.14 2. SCU AIR FRANCE CHAIRMAN JEAN-CYRIL SPINETTA ANNOUNCING AIR FRANCE WILL PURCHASE TEN AIRBUS A380 AIRCRAFT; MV JOURNALISTS (2 SHOTS) 0.33 3. MV SPINETTA, AIRBUS CHAIRMAN NOEL FORGEARD AND FRENCH TRANSPORT MINISTER CLAUDE GAYSSOT SHAKING HANDS 0.48 4. SCU COMPUTER ANIMATION OF AN AIRBUS A380; SCU AIRBUS A380 MODEL (4 SHOTS) 1.24 5. SLV ZOOM OUT BOEING BBJ (BUSINESS JET) ON DISPLAY AT LE BOURGET (3 SHOTS) 1.55 6. MV SOVIET ANTONOV 225 ON TARMAC; TAXIING |(2 SHOTS) 2.15 7. AV SOVIET ANTONOV 225 ON DEMONSTRATION FLIGHT AND LANDING (3 SHOTS) 2.53 8. AV EUROFIGHTER DEMONSTRATION FLIGHT AND LANDING (2 SHOTS) 3.17 9. SLV / AV AMERICAN FIGHTER F18 DEMONSTRATION FLIGHT 3.43 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Reuters ID: LVA9PO6HCSUY8HGP0MJWK10CDWH8
- Story Text: The world's leading aerospace and defence firms have
gathered this week in Paris for the biennial Paris air show,
billed as the largest of its kind ever.
European plane maker Airbus drew first blood in the
battle with Boeing at the Paris air show on Monday (18 June),
with orders for close to 4 billion United States dollars (USD)
for large commercial aircraft.
The largest order came from French carrier Air France, who
signed the purchase of 10 A380-800 jets, a contract that is
worth at least 2.3 billion USD based on a catalogue price of
23 million USD per place.
Air France's order also includes options for four more of
the superjumbos that will carry about 550 passengers. At the
time of the signature, Jean-Cyril Spinetta, president of Air
France, said the company was looking at progressively
replacing their fleet of Boeing 747-400 to better answer to
the growing demands of future air traffic. Just hours earlier,
Airbus had firmed an order from US airline Jet Blue, who will
pay 1.62 billion USD for 30 A320 jets.
The fierce commercial competition between civil aircraft
makers Airbus and Boeing has been the highlight of the show,
amid growing strains in transatlantic relations and concerns
about weakening demand for commercial aircraft.
To challenge the Airbus A380, Boeing are also pushing
ahead with a high risk project of their own, the Boeing Sonic
cruiser, designed to fly at just under the speed of sound,
which would trim transatlantic flight times by an hour or more.
But Boeing has yet to prove convincingly that it can make
the leap in speed in a cost effective way with existing
technology, before the aircraft can actually become a reality.
Nearly 2000 exhibitors from 43 countries are on hand this
year at the Paris Air Show, and over 240 aircraft are being
displayed and 66 demonstration flights are planned. Among the
most spectacular performances were those of the Russian
Antonov 225, the world's largest carrier, which was developed
to transport oversized items for the Soviet space programme,
and the Russian Sokoi 30MK multi-role aircraft, which seemed
to stop in mid-air before plunging in a dizzying downward
The Paris air show will last one week. 200,000 visitors
are expected to attend. French President Jacques Chirac is
expected to attend on Tuesday (19 June).
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