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Our visit to the Paris Air Show – Le Bourget – 2023

To the point Discover the Paris Air Show 2023, the must-attend international aviation event with the latest technological innovations.

Don’t miss the next edition of the Paris Air Show, which takes place from June 19 to 25, 2025, at Paris-Le-Bourget.

The Paris-Le-Bourget International Air Show, taking place from June 19 to 25, 2023, is the world’s biggest aeronautical event. It takes place every two years, alternating with the Farnborough International Airshow and in the same year as the Dubai Airshow (which we attended in 2021).

Here’s our feedback from this trade show, which we attended during the professional/media days from June 19 to 23.

Paris Air Show 2023 - In brief

The aerospace industry gathers at the Paris Air Show from June 19 to 25, 2023. After 2021 marked by the absence of this significant event due to the pandemic, this year’s edition promises to be a must-attend event for sky professionals and aviation enthusiasts alike. With more than 320,000 visitors expected and 2,500 exhibitors from all over the world, the show promises record attendance.

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Paris Air Show 2023 - Main events and exhibitions

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Paris Air Show 2023 - Paris Air Lab

In its third edition, the Paris Air Lab invites visitors to the 2023 Paris Air Show to explore the radical transformation of air transport, currently engaged in the global effort to decarbonize. In harmony with the 2050 carbon neutrality objectives, the show will highlight many programs, research projects, and technological advances in an educational and fascinating trail spread over 1,000 m2 at the heart of the event.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the technological advances underway in air operations, alternative energies to fossil fuels, and the evolution of the industries supporting this transformation. What’s more, they will have the opportunity to meet an international community of industrialists, researchers and power companies, all determined to find the best technological path to the aircraft of the future, eliminate fossil fuels, redefine air routes and shape the future of our industries.

Visitors to the Paris Air Show 2023 will be able to talk to experts in these various fields and understand how the coordination of these different emission reduction strategies forms a rigorous action plan for carbon-neutral air transport by 2050.


In addition, the Paris Air Lab stage will feature a varied and enriching program with keynote speeches from industry leaders.

Roundtables will be held throughout the week to explore key topics, such as the conditions for the transition to non-fossil fuels, and sessions will be devoted to European programs or emerging players – including a session presenting startups focused on decarbonization.

Here’s the agenda for the Paris Air Lab conferences we’ll be attending:


Paris Air Show 2023 - Paris Air Mobility

The Paris Air Mobility, taking place from June 19 to 25, will showcase the latest innovations and emerging technologies in eVTOLs in a dedicated 1,000 m² space, bringing together the industry’s key players. Located in Hall 5, the event will feature an exhibition area where manufacturers and startups can showcase their cutting-edge products and services and a high-level conference program where eminent speakers will share their analyses and perspectives on the current state of the market for this new form of air mobility, and strategies to propel the industry forward.

Organized by the Paris Air Show, this unique event will be the privileged meeting point for key players in the advanced air mobility (AAM) ecosystem.

In collaboration with Aviation Week Network, Paris Air Mobility will be putting on a high-profile, innovative and forward-looking program of this new form of air mobility, from Tuesday, June 20 to Thursday, June 22. This program will bring together experts to share information on the main challenges and opportunities facing the eVTOL sector.

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Paris Air Show 2023 - The Careers Plane

At the 2023 Paris Air Show, the Careers Plane serves as a key meeting point between the aspirations of today’s youth and the demands of the French aerospace industry. Visitors will be able to discover the industry’s promising professions and the training courses that lead to them.

The careers plane offers the opportunity to meet industry professionals to discuss their roles and how they contribute daily to the sector’s ecological and energy transformation.

Seventeen professions linked to aeronautical design, production, and maintenance will be presented by some forty industry professionals, who will take turns throughout the week to share their passion with you.

Design professions include Electronics Engineer, Propulsion Engineer, Component Products & Processes Engineer, Materials Engineer, Hardware & Systems Engineer, Embedded Systems & Software Development Engineer, and System Architect.

Production professions include Fitter, Fitter, Machining and Control Center Operator, Welder, Mechanical Fitter, Painter, and Metrology Technician.

And for maintenance professions, the following are presented: Maintenance Engineer, Structural Mechanic and Avionics Mechanic.

This interactive exhibition will be displayed in Hall Concorde at Paris Air Show 2023.


Paris Air Show 2023 - Start-Me-Up

With the “Start-Me-Up” initiative, the Paris Air Show 2023 illustrates an innovative and forward-looking aerospace industry!

The aerospace industry is constantly evolving and must meet technological and societal challenges with bold innovations. The Paris Air Show reflects this transition, welcoming French and international start-ups.

The show offers startups the opportunity to create links and synergies around futuristic themes: the environment, new on-board energies, digital technologies, big data, artificial intelligence, new space, the factory of the future, new materials, the vehicle of the future, the passenger experience…

No fewer than 296 startups from 21 countries will be at the heart of the event. This initiative generates a fundamental dynamic thanks to the abundance and effervescence of exchanges. You can find the startups at the Show through:

  • Exhibitors hosting one or more startups on their stand,
  • Regional, international and institutional pavilions organize a dedicated space for their startups,
  • GIFAS welcomes StartAir club startups to its stand,
  • From the Show, which is organizing two dedicated areas in Hall 2 and Hall 5.

Start-up participation will be boosted in Hall 2 with round tables, pitches, video interviews and press briefings…


Paris Air Show 2023 - Exhibitors

The 2023 Paris Air Show will provide another opportunity for the world’s number 1 Airbus to go head-to-head with its American rival Boeing.

These two industry giants are set to unveil their latest technologies and innovations as they continue to vie for dominance in the aerospace market.

Just a few days before the start of the Paris Air Show 2023, the manufacturers announced the aircraft they would be exhibiting.

Boeing, for example, announced that it would be sending its three flagship medium- and long-haul aircraft to Paris:

  • Boeing 777-9
  • Boeing 787-9
  • Boeing 737-10

As for Airbus, an Air France A220-300 will be on static display, while the A321XLR – still without a direct competitor – will be giving flight demonstrations.

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And, of course, most of the other models will be present, including the A350 (with an example of a Qatar Airways A350-1000).

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Paris Air Show 2023 - Orders

The 2023 Paris Air Show will be the scene of many orders (over 2,000 aircraft are expected to be ordered at this year’s show). We’ll update this section as soon as they’re announced.

In recent months, the number of announcements has been very low (manufacturers prefer to wait for the Paris Air Show to unveil very high figures). In May, for example, Airbus announced only 17 orders (and 161 since the start of the year).

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Here are the orders placed at the Paris Air Show, as of June 22, 2023:

Airline Manufacturer Aircraft Number
Air Algerie Boeing 737 Max 9 8
Air India Airbus A320neo 140
Air India Airbus A321neo 70
Air India Airbus A350 40
Air India Boeing 737 Max 190
Air India Boeing 777X 10
Air India Boeing 787 20
Air Lease Boeing 787 2
Air Mauritius Airbus A350-900 3
Akasa Air Boeing 737 Max 4
Avolon Boeing 737 Max 8 40
Azorra Embraer E195 E2 6
Azul ATR ATR72-600 3
Binter Canarias Embraer E195 E2 6
China Airlines Boeing B787-9 8
Envoy Air Embraer E175 7
Flynas Airbus A320neo 30
Indigo Airlines Airbus A320neo 500
JetCraft Commercial De Havilland Twin Otter 10
Luxair Boeing 737 Max 4
Mandarin Airlines ATR ATR72-600 6
Philippine Airlines Airbus A350-1000 9
Qantas Airbus A220-300 9
Undisclosed ATR ATR42-600 3
Undisclosed ATR ATR72-600 8
Volaris Airbus A321neo 25
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Demonstration en vol, avion Airbus A350 1000 53eme Salon International de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace

In the battle between Airbus and Boeing, here are the statistics:

Manufacturer Aircraft Number
Airbus A220 9
Airbus A320neo 765
Airbus A350 52
Airbus Total 846
Boeing 737 Max 296
Boeing 787 50
Boeing 777X 10
Boeing Total 356
Achats Airbus Indigo

Paris Air Show 2023 - Program

The show program is rich and varied, including conferences on innovative topics such as air mobility and impressive flight demonstrations.

Visitors will also be able to discover the latest innovations from 2023 exhibitors. In addition, the Paris Air Show is providing free shuttles between Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and the Show’s bus station, in collaboration with VIPARIS and its partners.

Friday to Sunday will be open to the general public, who will be able to admire Rafale, Airbus and Boeing demonstrations.

Paris Air Show 2023 Day 1 – Emmanuel Macron visit – grande taille
Crédit : ©Airbus SAS 2023

Paris Air Show 2023 - Demonstration schedules

Here is an example of the flight demonstration schedule, as scheduled on the first day, Monday, June 19, 2023, at the Paris Air Show 2023:

Time Avion Manufacturer
13:07-13:15 Volocity VC200 Volocopter
13:17-13:23 Velis Electro Pipistrel
13:25-13:34 Sol.Ex Innovavis
13:36-13:46 H-665 Tiger Airbus Helicopters
13:48-13:56 NH90 NH Industries
13:58-14:05 H-160 Airbus Helicopters
14:07-14:15 A321XLR Airbus
14:17-14:23 Falcon 6X Dassault Aviation
14:25-14:34 Dassault Rafale Dassault Aviation
14:36-14:45 ATR-72-600 ATR
14:48-14:58 CM170 Fouga Potez
15:00-15:09 737 MAX 10 Boeing
15:09-15:18 777-9 Boeing
15:19-15:33 F35 Lightning Lockheed Martin
15:34-15:43 A400M Airbus
15:47-15:53 C390 Millenium Embraer
15:53-15:59 E195-E2 Embraer
Paris Air Show 2023 Day 1 – Flying display – grande taille
Crédit : ©Airbus SAS 2023

Paris Air Show 2023 - Meetings

For the other days, the aircraft presented at the Paris Air Show 2023 are similar. Please refer to the official program for timetables.

And during the demonstrations, it’s possible to meet other Avgeeks like the most famous aeronautical “Youtubeur,” Sam Chui.

Jean-Maximilien Voisine & Sam Chui
Jean-Maximilien Voisine & Sam Chui

Even airline executives, as here with Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France, in front of the A220-300:

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Anne Rigail & Jean-Maximilien Voisine
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Paris Air Show 2023 - Decarbonization

Decarbonization is a crucial issue for the aeronautics industry, as demonstrated by the 54th edition of the Paris Air Show. At the 2023 Paris Air Show, efforts to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint will be highlighted, as they are at Airbus.

The aerospace industry, often singled out for its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, is, in fact, responsible for 2.4% of global CO2 emissions, a figure half that of the digital sector. Nevertheless, efforts to reduce these emissions are vital to combat climate change.

A321XLR Airbus arrival before Paris Air Show 2023 – grande taille
Crédit : ©Airbus SAS 2023

At the 2023 Paris Air Show, several innovations aimed at decarbonization will be presented. Aircraft manufacturers will showcase their progress on “green aircraft,” from sustainable fuels (SAF) to hydrogen-powered aircraft projects.

Toulouse-based Aura Aero has unveiled the design of its future 19-seat hybrid-electric regional jet, named ERA, due to enter service in 2028. This achievement is seen as a significant step towards the decarbonization of regional aeronautics.

Other stars of the show are the flying cabs, a dozen of these electric aircraft with up to five seats. These flying cabs represent a new approach to urban mobility, offering greener, less congested transport solutions.

Decarbonization is an ambitious goal for the aviation industry, but the Paris Air Show 2023 demonstrates that tangible progress is being made. We saw this with Air Canada, which announced its ambition to operate regional flights with ES30 electric aircraft a few months ago.

The sector’s objective is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, a challenge that calls for continuous innovation and the collaboration of all industry players.

Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France, gave a fascinating talk at the Paris Air Lab on sustainable fuel (SAF) and the efforts made by the airline.

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Jean-Maximilien Voisine
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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