by: Jason Rabinowitz, co-editor NYCAviation.com and Airchive.com contributor
In the past few months, I have covered some absolutely amazing events and trips for various media outlets. Delivery flights to exotic locations, Boeing factory tours, a 787 flight to the other side of the world, and more. Next week, however, comes the most exciting adventure yet. On Monday, I will be reporting for Airchive from the 50th International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget! The Paris Air Show is a multi-day #AvGeek heaven of new aircraft, aircraft order, and manufactures from around the world showing off their latest and greatest.
By far, the most anticipated attraction is the new Airbus A350 XWB, which will see its first flight just days before the show, bright and early on Friday. Chris Sloan, Airchive’s Chief #AvGeek is covering that. The A350 is the newest widebody aircraft in the Airbus family, and sports a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer fuselage and wings, but no lithium ion batteries once in production. It is expected, or maybe hoped, that the A350 will be on display at the air show in some capacity, and that we will see an airline place an order. At minimum, Airbus will have a mock flight deck and fuselage on display.
I also hope to see some other recent aircraft make the headlines, such as the Boeing 747-8i, the new 777X, and the Bombardier CSeries. Really also looking forward to seeing the 787 put on a show, having just gotten off my first Dreamliner flight myself. And in the true Airchive spirit, I’ll be on the lookout for aircraft models and displays.
This will be my first time covering a large scale air show event like this, so it will be a learning process for me. Depending on the (expensive) cellular connection and wifi availability, I plan to bring breaking news to you in real-time, via the @Airchive Twitter feed, as well as Facebook. I’ll also be writing up a daily “day in review” blog at airchive.com/blog, summing up the daily experience. You should also follow my personal Twitter feed, @AirlineFlyer, for commentary and other random thoughts. If there is any exhibit you want to see me detail at the air show, please let me know! My goal is to attempt to make this an interactive experience. You tell me what you want to see, I show it to you!