The 2023 Paris Air Show opened on Monday with the biggest single purchase order agreement in the history of commercial aviation and a visit from the French president, Emmanuel Macron, as well as an impressive flight display.

The air show, which is taking place all week at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre, saw Airbus reveal three big orders, including 500 A320 from IndiGo, the biggest single purchase agreement in the history of commercial aviation.

Saudi order

Flynas, the Saudi air carrier, ordered 30 new A320neo Family aircraft, and Air Mauritius ordered three A350

aircraft to expand its network in Europe and South Asia, bringing its total A350 fleet to seven.
Volocopter made an airshow first by opening the flying display programme with its VoloCity eVTOL, which is being geared up as the transport of choice for next year’s Paris Olympic Games.

Boeing subsidiary Wisk Aero premiered its all-electric, autonomous sixth-generation air taxi at the show.
Supernal and GKN Aerospace announced a partnership on the design and build of major aerostructures and Electrical Wiring Interconnection System (EWIS) for Supernal’s eVTOL vehicle.

The companies will also mature high-rate manufacturing technologies to produce these parts and assembly methods.

Twin Otter

A new era for the veritable Twin Otter was also unveiled at the show as De Havilland Canada launched the DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G to support the signing of orders and letters of intent for 45 of the new variant.

Israel’s defence minister formally inaugurated his country’s national pavilion featuring 17 Israeli defence companies.

And H2FLY, the developer of hydrogen-electric powertrain aircraft systems, announced the next generation of its proprietary fuel cell system H175 for commercial aircraft applications.

The H175 programme will provide a series of fuel cell systems that can be combined and upscaled to power hydrogen-electric aircraft in the megawatt-class range, which complies with aircraft that comprise of 20 to 80 seats.
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