Paris Air Show 2021 Cancelled over COVID Fears

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  • 03:21 PM, December 7, 2020
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Paris Air Show 2021 Cancelled over COVID Fears

French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS) and Paris Air Show organization cancelled the 2021 edition of the show scheduled to take place from June 21-27 next year, to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The next edition of the Paris Air Show will be held in June 2023, at a date that will be announced shortly. Exhibitors will receive a full refund of all sums already paid. Earlier this year, France scrapped the Eurosatory 2020 exhibition.

“We are obviously disappointed not to be able to hold the 2021 edition of the Paris Air Show. After many months of all trade show activities being suspended throughout the world, the entire international aerospace and defence community was very much looking forward to being able to meet. We have already started work to ensure that the 2023 edition celebrates the resurgence of the aerospace industry on an international scale,” explains Patrick Daher, Chairman of the International Paris Air Show and Chairman of the Daher Group.

The biennial show at Le Bourget airfield outside the French capital is among the largest aviation events in the world. The last edition which was the 53rd one, saw 2,453 exhibitors from 49 countries occupying 125,000 m2 of space. It had 316,470 unique visitors: 139,840 professional from 185 countries and 176,630 from the general public plus 2,700 journalists from 87 countries and announcements for $140 billion worth of orders. The air show ended with 866 aircraft commitments totalling $60.9 billion (130 firm orders, 562 LoI/MoU, 119 options and 55 options on LoIs): 388 for Airbus including 243 newly launched A321XLRs and 85 A220s, 232 for Boeing including 200 737 MAXes for IAG, 145 for ATR and 78 for Embraer; 558 narrowbodies, 62 wide-body jets, 93 regional jets and 153 turboprops.

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