June 29, 2017 – ASD applauds its National Association Member GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales) for organising, with its subsidiary SIAE, the 52nd edition of the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget - a key global event for the Aviation industry.
With the end of the 2017 show, it is worth highlighting the following results: 2,381 exhibitors, 142,000 professional visitors, 180,000 public visitors and 290 delegations, including 110 civil and Institutional delegations. In coordination with GIFAS, ASD was glad to accompany 20 delegations during their visit of the show. These included European Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska (DG GROW) and Pierre Moscovici (DG ECFIN), Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Monika Hohlmeier, Franck Proust, Anneleen van Bossuyt and Karima Delli as well as Rob Huyser (NL Dir. Civil Aviation), DG Henrik Hololei (DG MOVE), Pierre Delsaux (DG GROW), Philippe Brunet (DG GROW), Clara de la Torre (DG RTD), Filip Cornelis (DG MOVE), Sebastiano Fumero (DG RTD), Laurence Graff (DG CLIMA), Patrick Ky (EASA), Florian Guillermet (SESAR JU), Dirck Beckers (INEA), Edgar Beugels (Frontex) and MEPs' assistants.
ASD also participated in interesting dialogues which took place during the show. During the annual GIFAS-ASD-SJAC reception, reuniting members of the European and Japanese aerospace industries, ASD President and CEO of Dassault Aviation Eric Trappier emphasised the importance of cooperation between European and Japanese industries.
On the occasion of European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska’s visit to the show, ASD and its Board Members had the honour of exchanging views on the Commission’s proposal for a European Defence Fund. “EU must become a security provider: it’s a necessity” emphasised Mrs Bieńkowska. As Europe needs to assume its responsibilities in the world, it will necessitate credible defence capabilities and the ability to use them when it is deemed necessary. ASD is actively engaged in the implementation of the European Defence Fund to ensure that the interests of Industry are fully taken into account.
ASD President Eric Trappier also discussed a wide range of defence industry topics with the European Defence Agency (EDA) Chief Executive Jorge Domecq.
Interesting dialogues also took place on the occasion of the ASD-AIA-DG MOVE-FAA high-level roundtable which was co-chaired by ASD Secretary General Jan Pie. Among the topics discussed were the harmonisation of SESAR and NextGen, the need for better cooperation on cybersecurity as well as bilateral agreements.
As regards financial agreements, a record number of orders were received during the show, amounting to $150 bn for 934 commercial aircraft. Such financial agreements enhance the global competitiveness of the European aviation industry and make it a major pillar of the European economy, generating a turnover of approximately €160 bn and employing 600,000 people in Europe. In this regard, ASD Secretary General Jan Pie said: "Research represents a vital contribution to maintaining and expanding this excellence: ambitious goals and the growing need for mobility require appropriate funding, including for collaborative research projects such as CleanSky and SESAR. Tomorrow’s success depends on the projects we build today".
All the pictures taken during the event are available on our Twitter account @ASDEurope.