Paris Air Show: Flying cars, supersonic jets highlights at aviation’s biggest spectacle

Boeing and Airbus are battling for aircraft orders at the International Paris Air Show, the biggest aviation gathering in the world this year. Low fuel prices, a lack of new planes and aggressive ordering in past years means deal flow could be light. Boeing has drawn in some buyers with its new 737 Max 10, which is being positioned to rival the hot-selling Airbus A321neo. Meanwhile, there’s also a range of far-out concepts on display such as supersonic jets and flying cars. Over 350,000 visitors attended the biennial event in 2015, which this year is open to the public from 23-25 June.

AeroMobil, which has got almost $7 mn in Slovakian govt subsidies, is competing with visionaries such as Google co-founder Larry Page to roll out a flying car. Photo: Bloomberg

A Mars 2020 rover developed by NASA. The basic structure of the new version envisioned capitalizing on re-using design work done for Curiosity, which landed on Mars in 2012. Photo: Bloomberg

Boeing shows off its 787-10 Dreamliner. The firm dominated deal flow at the show on the back of Asian demand for the new Max 10, the biggest version of its 737 workhorse. Photo: Bloomberg

A Dassault Aviation Rafale fighter performs acrobatics. India had, in 2016, agreed to buy 36 Rafale combat planes for around €8 bn. Photo: Bloomberg