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Quick review of 50th Paris Air Show


Wrapping up Le Bourget 2013.

A brief review of the big developments among commercial aircraft manufacturers at the 2013 Paris Air Show:

Airbus achieved A350 first flight just before the show and operated the second A350 test flight during the show. It racked up a slew of orders and commitments for new aircraft.

Boeing launched the 787-10 program and indicated the 777X will be launched later this year. It will offer two variants of the next-generation 777.

Embraer launched the second generation of its E-Jet family, the “E2”, and touted winning 365 orders and options for the aircraft, including 100 firm orders from Utah-based SkyWest, one of the world’s most significant regional airline operators.

Bombardier readied for CSeries first flight, expected to occur by the end of June.

ATR set a record for the number of sales of its turboprops at Le Bourget and indicated it wants to bring an all-new 90-seat turboprop to market by 2018/2019.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. outlined details of the MRJ flight test program, revealing that some test flights will occur in the US. First MRJ flight is targeted for the end of this year.

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