The first ever public aerial display by the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter will provide the "Blue Riband" moment at the 2017 Paris Air Show. However, Boeing, Airbus and other major aircraft makers will also be hoping to catch the eye of buyers. CNBC previews some of the new, existing and concept aircraft that will be on show.
This year Airbus delivered the first-ever A321neo. The latest generation aircraft powered by CFM International's LEAP-1A engines was handed over to U.S. airline Virgin America in April. There are currently over 1,300 units on order.
The A350-1000 has 211 orders but as yet no deliveries. The first aircraft delivery is expected in October 2017 to Qatar Airways. It seats a total of 366 passengers and boasts an 8,000 nautical mile range. It is designed to compete with the Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 777X-9.
According to Boeing, the 737 MAX is the company's fastest selling airplane ever. It took to the skies for the first time in April. Powered by two LEAP-1B engines, Boeing claims the narrow-body aircraft has a 40 percent smaller noise footprint. Deliveries of 737-9 are set to begin in 2018.
The 787-10 claims a range of 6,400 nautical miles and is said to be up 60 percent quieter than planes currently in the skies. Boeing says it will carry 330 passengers. Boeing has notched 149 orders for the 787-10, which is scheduled to enter commercial service in 2018.
The most expensive weapon in history, the F-35 is the first stealth aircraft owned by the U.S. military to visit the Paris Air Show in more than 20 years. Weather permitting; the F-35A will fly over 3 days of the trade show. The fighter was first introduced in August 2016.
The personal flying machine claims to fly 2 people up to 70 miles. It is priced under $200,000 and the company hopes to keep the flying license easy to achieve. Workhorse CEO Steve Burns says he invented it after being stuck in commuter traffic every day. Workhorse wants it certified by 2019.
A mock-up of CityAirbus, the "urban air mobility solution for congested cities", will be unveiled at the Paris Air Show. The project has been in development since 2014 and has been described as a drone like flying-taxi with propellers.
The MRJ is a twin-engine regional jet aircraft seating 70–90 passengers manufactured by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, a partnership between majority owner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Toyota Motor Corporation. The expected first delivery has been pushed back to mid-2020 due to "revisions of certain systems and electrical configurations on the aircraft to meet the latest requirements for certification."
Embraer will debut a new airliner at an international air show, with the E195-E2 planned for the flying display at Paris. It accommodates up to 144 seats. The largest member of the second-generation E-Jet E2 family made its first flight in March and is to enter service in 2019.