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The Paris Air Show Is Fifty Years Old

The Paris Air Show Is Fifty Years Old

By Yves Bonnet, Commissionner-General of the Paris-Air-Show.

The year 2003 will be exceptional in more than one way. The Paris Air Show (SIAE, Salon International de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace) will celebrate its 50th anniversary at Le Bourget, while the aeronautics industry is preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Wright Brothers' flight.

  • How will we meet the challenge of these two events?

Firstly, the Paris Air Show is set to be the major event of the year for the entire aeronautics and space industry. This is endorsed by the fact that exhibitors are continuing to give us their vote of confidence this year by booking space, despite a gloomy economic climate and a complex geopolitical situation. Trade visitors also emphasises the importance of this event by using it to meet subcontractors, keep up-to-date with industry issues or simply by signing contracts.

To ensure its success, the Paris Air Show has introduced some changes in 2003. These include geographic changes with the addition of 50,000 m2 and the creation of a new entrance at Gate L5, followed by marketing changes with a new international signature, having officially been renamed the "Paris Air Show" from "Salon Du Bourget", a revamping of the show directory and the addition of new services such as the "sector-by-sector" layout scheme that will organise exhibitors by activity, thus increasing their visibility.

New technology has made it possible for us to go on-line with two internet sites, www.salondubourget.fr and www.paris-air-show.com, containing all of the necessary information for exhibitors and visitors to participate in the 2003 show. An new Exhibitors management team has been created within the show in order to quickly respond to your needs and operate more effectively.

A full programme of lectures and conferences has been created for trade visitors so that they can keep up with the latest developments.

  • This year, the emphasis will be on UAVs and the airport sector.

We hope that you will not miss the list of new exhibitors, static displays and conferences devoted to subjects in these sectors.

Small and medium-sized businesses will also be well represented, both from France and from abroad. In a market where mergers have been taking place for several years, these smaller organisations will add a new dimension.

Regarding the rumours of a boycott, the SIAE can confirm that American manufacturers and institutions in the aeronautics and space industry, have shown no sign of defection due the polical situation. The International aeronautic crisis had hardly hit the United-States which explain the decrease of American small and medium sized business participation. However this is balanced by a more qualitative participation of the largest firms. The military sector is also represented during the show but less than for the 2001 edition.

Despite the current environment, we are confidently expecting the number of exhibitors and visitors to stand between the levels of the record breaking 2001 show and those of 1999. Join us from 15th-22nd June 2003, and discover the latest developments at this legendary show. .

Yves Bonnet

If you want to get more facts about this new Paris Air Show, we do first suggest the very informative Press kit in English done by the Wellcom Agency to be found on the Internet and the Estimated French Aerospace Industry Results for 2002 by GIFAS when Chairman Philippe Camus presented the results of the French Aerospace industry to the Press on March 4, 2003.


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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).