From 15-21 June, the 51st International Paris Air Show will be returning to Le Bourget. Next to industry players from all over the world, also Hamburg’s global leaders Airbus and Lufthansa Technik will be showcasing innovative products and developments along with more than 20 other companies and institutions from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region to more than 300,000 visitors.
Hamburg Reception with Hamburg’s First Mayor
On Tuesday, 16 June 2015, Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz (SPD) will be hosting an official reception for invited guests at the booth of the Hamburg Aviation cluster, located in Hall 2A (C286). Hamburg’s head of state will then speak with high-ranking representatives of companies and associations while visiting the fair. In the course of the fair, Hamburg Aviation will actively pursue its globalisation strategy and extend the city’s and region’s international network. A twelve million euro transatlantic collaboration with the Montreal region is currently being developed (as reported by Hamburg News, with funding from the German federal government. In the future, Germany’s biggest aviation location will also be working together with Nagoya in Japan.
Strong Presence at Le Bourget
The Hamburg Metropolitan Region will have a strong presence at Le Bourget. Hamburg’s largest employer, Airbus, will be one of the most important exhibitors at this year’s Paris Air Show, presenting new technologies along with two A350 XWB and A380 aircraft each also participating in the fair’s flight demonstrations. The A380 is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with record figures: more than 80 million people have been transported by the ultra-large aircraft since its maiden flight in 2005. Le Bourget will also be once again the place of competition betwween Airbus and Boeing. Which one will be able to collect most of the orders during the fair? A key indicator will be the short and medium-hall A320neo. Half of the future production of 50 aircraft per month will come from Finkenwerder in Hamburg.
Lufthansa Technik to also focus on Long-Haul Aircraft
Lufthansa Technik, with 8,000 employees the region’s second-largest employer in the aviation sector, is also represented at Le Bourget, also focussing on the long-haul Airbus A380 and A350 XWB aircraft. In May, the first European A350 customer, Finnair, signed a contract with the Lufthansa MRO specialist on the provision ofcomponent supply. In total, more than 20 companies and institutions linked to Hamburg are exhibiting at Le Bourget, including the cabin specialist Diehl Aerospace and the suppliers’ association Hanse-Aerospace.
International Network to be Expanded
The Hamburg Aviation cluster and Hamburg’s ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research will be exhibiting at the Hamburg stand in Hall 2A, C286. From January 2016, up to 600 people from various companies and institutions will be jointly researching the future of flying at the ZAL TechCenter on the banks of the Elbe river. Hamburg Aviation’s stand is not just a point of contact for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region; it will also be a meeting point for international contacts. Next to European networking within the framework of the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP), the focus will be on Canada and Japan. A new collaboration agreement will see Hamburg Aviation working closely with the Montreal aviation region. Twelve million euros will be allocated to joint projects over the next five years, with more than three million euros provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the frame of its high-tech strategy. Furthermore, Olaf Scholz will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japanese region of Nagoya, home to companies such as Mitsubishi, to enhance Hamburg Aviation’s global networking and exchange.
Successful Cluster Policy
“Today, Hamburg is one of the world’s leading aviation locations, employing more than 40,000 highly qualified people in specialist careers,” emphasises Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz (SPD). “This development can be attributed to our successful cluster policy, where the commercial and academic spheres work together hand-in-hand and targeted support is given to international networking. It is our goal to establish connections for Hamburg’s expertise across industrial and national borders, to further extend that expertise, and to strengthen innovation. Already today, the success of Hamburg Aviation demonstrates the potential that can be released with sound networking.”
Global Lead Fair
In total, the 51st Paris Air Show is expecting around 140,000 specialist visitors and almost 180,000 other guests during the convention. More than 2,000 exhibitors from over 40 countries will be present at the fair covering almost square metres.