Airbus vs Boeing: What’s on display at the Paris Air Show?
The Paris Air Show opens to the public on Friday, with the aviation industry’s biggest names exhibiting their latest innovations and game changing ideas.
With 2,300 international exhibitors, 150,000 trade visitors, 30 national pavilions and almost 300 official delegations, the show is still the largest of its kind and a must-attend event for all professionals working in the aeronautics and space sector.
The organisers started marketing the show in March 2016, and within just a few months all the exhibition spaces in the six halls and almost all the 330 business chalets had been booked by exhibitors from the world over.
A key backdrop to the event is the ever-rumbling rivalry between Airbus and Boeing, with Paris seen as an ideal opportunity for both companies to gain a march over their rival. The two companies will be displaying 23 aircraft between them, varying from short and long haul passenger planes to helicopters and military jets.
Battle of the passenger aircrafts
The single-aisle short haul planes appear to form the current battlefield between Airbus and Boeing, with the former displaying its newest A321neo in Paris.
The lightweight 40-tonne aircraft is designed to maximise space and fuel efficiency in what Airbus says is its most economical offering to budget airlines yet. On Monday at the show, Boeing revealed the launch of its 737 Max 10, which can carry up to 230 passengers and already has orders from 10 different airlines.
While not flying in Paris (the 737 Max 9 is on display), it is a direct rival to the A321neo, which can hold 10 more passengers and boasts greater fuel efficiency.
Best of the rest
Airbus is displaying its latest A380 long haul aircraft, while Boeing’s 787 will be showcased in Paris. Both companies are also exhibiting a range of passenger and military helicopters, which make up more than half of the 23 total models they have brought to the show.
A full list of Airbus and Boeing aircraft guests will see at the Paris Air Show include:
Airbus aircraft at the Paris Air Show
- A310 ZERO-G
- C295 (military)
- EC665 Tigre HAD (helicopter)
- Eurofighter Typhoon
- H135 (helicopter)
- A400M (military)
- Carcal (helicopter)
- EC145 (helicopter)
- H130 (helicopter)
- H145M (helicopter)
- Tigre (helicopter)
- VSR 700 (helicopter)
Boeing aircraft at the Paris Air Show
- 737 MAX 9
- AH64 Apache (helicopter)
- CH47 Chinook (helicopter)
- KC-135 Stratotanker (military)
- P8 Poseidon (military)
- PT17 Stearman
- Boeing/Bell V-22 Osprey (helicopter)
For more details on what to find, see a full list of aircraft on display at the Paris Air Show.
New Capgemini Engineering brand fuses digital and physical
With the aim of helping the world’s largest innovators to engineers the products and services of tomorrow, Capgemini has merged its tech and software capabilities with its engineering and R&D practice, the digtial and physical to form a 52,000-strong Capgemini Engineering brand. A move that builds on its acquisition a year ago of engineering giant Altran for over $3 billion.
R&D is the new battlefield
“Today’s leading organisations understand that Engineering and R&D is fast-moving and ever-evolving,” says Aiman Ezzat, CEO, Capgemini. “As a result, an end-to-end partnership with clients is need for developing, launching, managing and modernising breakthrough products.”
Enter Capgemini Engineering. A new brand that unites a unique set of strengths from across Group, bringing together the world-class engineering and R&D capabilities of Altran with Capgemini’s own digital manufacturing expertise.
According to William Roze, CEO of Capgemini Engineering, R&D is the “battlefield” and subsdquently “must be connected and data-driven to optimise innovation and accelerate development”. In answer to this, Capgemini Engineering will offer services to address this need and to “harness the power of data to foster innovation, create new customer experiences and deliver new sources of value".
Merging the expertise of the Group
With this new endeavour, Altran’s capabilities are brought to the fore, a year on from its acquisition, perfectly complementing “the Group’s already well-established portfolio of business offerings and supporting our leadership position in intelligent industry”, says Ezzat.
In fact, just in January 2021, leading global management and strategy consulting firm Zinnov ranked Capgemini as the top of its Leadership Zone for its global Engineering, Research and Development services, pinpointing how as a Group it boasts the largest global delivery network with a presence across all major engineering hubs.
With its 52,000 engineers and scientists and a presence in all major engineering hubs worldwide, the global business line’s services cover three key domains: product and systems engineering; digital and software engineering; and industrial operations.
This is the second time Capgemini has combined various practices to form an integrated powerhouse. Capgemini Invent – a strategy and business transformation consultancy was formed in 2018 by combining Capgemini’s consulting, digital and creative units.