The Centenary Show Promises To Be A Great Success!

Certain years have a lasting influence. Following the 100th anniversary of the French Aerospace Industries Association (Gifas) in October 2008, the International Paris Air Show celebrates its centenary in June 2009. In 1908, several brilliant aircraft manufacturers and inventors, such as Blériot, Breguet and Voisin, established France's first aerospace industries' trade association, the Chambre Syndicale de l'Industrie Aéronautique. The following year they hosted the first air show at the Grand Palais in Paris. One hundred years later, following countless technological and commercial successes, a new page has been turned in the history of the industry, that of constant innovation, sustainable development and respect for the environment.

In keeping with its reputation as a global showcase for the aerospace sector, the 48th Paris Air Show will welcome leaders of the industry from across the globe. It will undoubtedly provide a platform for public previews of the latest innovations worldwide.

Despite the current economic context, the Paris Air Show is already fully booked, 4 months before it opens, with the presence of all major aerospace manufacturers and subcontractors.

As the world's premier aerospace event, the Show offers significant networking opportunities to all industry players, fallowing visitors and exhibitors to build effective business relations and foster ambitious industrial cooperation.

Key figures for the 2009 Paris Air Show:
- Over 2,000 exhibitors expected, of which 60% international
- Over 70% SMEs, increasing in number at each edition
- A Business & Technology Forum for prime contractors and suppliers, launched in 2007, hosting over 6,000
- B2B meetings

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