Both Boeing and its rival Airbus are planning to bring their newest offerings to the world’s biggest aerospace industry gathering, the Paris Air Show, next week to woo potential customers and the public.
Boeing said Monday it will bring a pair of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft to the air show which begins next Monday. The twinjet aircraft are the world’s first airliners built largely of composite materials.
The Dreamliner fleet was recently grounded for three months because of issues with its lithium ion batteries. Boeing modified the batteries, their containment box and the software that controls their recharging to lessen the possibility of further issues with the batteries. Two 787s suffered battery meltdowns in January.
One of the 787s will perform daily flying displays from Monday through Friday while the second one, a Qatar Airways Dreamliner, will be on static display.
Airbus, headquartered in France, will bring its new A400M turboprop military transport to the show along with a British Airways A380 not yet delivered to the airline. The A380 is the world’s largest passenger jetliner.
The European planemaker also plans to display a model of the cockpit of its new A350 jetliner and a mock fuselage section of that same plane. The first A350 is scheduled to fly later this summer.