Germany’s biggest centre of aviation has an extensive representation at the year’s biggest aerospace trade fair, the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.

With an impressive array of companies, networks, research institutes and political representatives, Hamburg is on display this week at the Paris Air Show, the most important aerospace trade fair of the year worldwide, in the Paris suburb of Le Bourget.

The highest ranking representative from northern Germany is Hamburg’s Governing Mayor, Dr Peter Tschentscher. At Le Bourget, as well as meeting with important industry representatives such as Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury and Prof. Rolf Henke of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Executive Board, he also opened the official Hamburg Reception, with 120 international guests, at the Hamburg Aviation booth on Tuesday afternoon. Also during the reception, attended by representatives of the European Commission, the tenth anniversary of the founding of the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership EACP was celebrated. The EACP, managed since its foundation from Hamburg, has grown to 40 member organisations from almost 20 nations.

“Hamburg is one of the world’s most important aerospace locations, and highly visible at the largest aviation trade fair worldwide this year, the Paris Air Show. The spectrum of Hamburg players present at Le Bourget ranges from small family businesses and start-ups to research institutes and Airbus projects such as the A321neo, “made in Hamburg”. The diversity of aviation competencies in the Metropolitan Region of Hamburg is our strength, enhancing them for science and economy in Northern Germany is our essential goal,” said Hamburg’s Governing Mayor, Dr Peter Tschentscher, in an aside at the reception.

Hamburg was present at the Paris Air Show as part of a large shared stand for German regions for the first time (Hangar 2A, C280). Standing shoulder-to-shoulder were not only the north German partners from Lower Saxony and Bremen, but also the “bavAIRia” cluster from the south of the country. There were also several sub-exhibitors from northern Germany in the Hamburg Aviation cluster space. Amongst them were AES Aircraft-Elektro/Elektronik System, the traditional Hamburg company Scholz Mechanik, engineering specialist SII Group, industry 4.0 start-up Synergeticon and the ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research. The stand was implemented by the business services of Hamburg’s aviation SME network, Hanse-Aerospace.

Hamburg products are also on display outside of the hangars, with the long-haul version of the bestselling Arbus A321neo, delivered to French business airline La Compagnie. The new Airbus A321XLR, already presented yesterday at the Paris Air Show, also promises real long-haul flights. With the Single Aisle routes such as Hamburg-Chicago can be served in the future - most of them “made in Finkenwerder”. The air show aerial displays include flights from the A330neo and A350-1000, both with significant contributions from the metropolitan region, including tails, wing shells and cabin design. Numerous local suppliers including Diehl Aviation and SLM Solutions are also present with their own stands at Le Bourget.

Hamburg is also paying particular attention to international networking this year. As well as several meetings with cooperative partners from Japan, Canada and elsewhere, the third Global Aerospace Cluster Summit, organised from Hamburg, is taking place in central Paris on Friday, with more than 50 high-ranking industry representatives gathering together.

The Paris Air Show opened its doors to industry visitors on Monday. From Friday to Sunday, the general public are also admitted to the site at Le Bourget airport. Organisers expect more than 300,000 visitors from all over the world during the seven days of the 53rdInternational Paris Air Show. There will be almost 2,500 exhibitors and some 150 aircraft on display at the 320,000-square-metre site. The International Paris Air Show takes place every two years, alternating with the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom and the ILA in Berlin Schoenefeld.

Hamburg Ticker at the Paris Air Show: Since Monday we have been regularly updating news related to Hamburg and impressions from the event at www.hamburg-aviation.com.

Paris Air Show website: www.siae.fr/en