BTN Europe presents an overview of business travel and MICE predictions for this year
ExCeL London - 24-25 February 2021
The eve of the Paris Air show is normally a feast of new orders for aircraft, engines and equipment. No doubt this will happen during the week. However the move of the opening day from Sunday to Monday has also resulted in a shift of leaks, press conferences and announcements by 24 hours. The winner of the Korean Air Lines A380 engine supply competition is not known as ABTN is published (and the editor personally asked Korean Air”s chairman and chief executive officer Yang Ho Cho as to the situation and received a polite ”no comment” ” maybe it will be delayed like the aircraft), and the widely rumoured order for 50 wide bodied aircraft by Emirates has been postponed. Lead contender, Airbus A350, is ”on hold” with official go ahead for the project now not expected until September. Russia is sometimes forgotten as a major aircraft manufacturer. Sukhoi, best known for its jet fighters, is expected to announce large orders for its new regional jet in both Russia and India. In the meantime the A380 has arrived at the show and no doubt will be the star. It is unlikely that it will have ”mostly made in Britain” stamped on it, the UK content about 60%. It's French registered and Toulouse assembled although production aircraft will be completed in Hamburg.