New Birds on the Bourget Block

 - December 12, 2006, 8:48 AM

Some 20 new aircraft, including the world’s largest–such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777-200 Long Range–are among the 200 types on display here, making the Paris Air Show an exceptional showcase of flying hardware. Also making their first appearances are the Dassault Falcon 7X and Gulfstream G450 and G550 business jets, Embraer’s new 195 regional aircraft and Kazan Helicopters’ Mi-38.

Military airplanes include the new Boeing 767-300 Tanker and Aeromacchi’s M346 trainer, as well as the Dassault Mirage and Rafale combat aircraft, the rival Eurofighter Typhoon and Sukhoi Su-27. The space sector includes Europe’s Galileo project, the Huygens space probe and the Helios II and Syracuse satellites.