This news is from Air Transport World online news edition:
The 46th Paris Air Show will be larger than the 2003 event in terms of numbers of exhibitors and will feature both the A380 and the 777-200LR making their first air show appearances, officials confirmed at a briefing in Washington yesterday. According to Paris Air Show Chairman Louis Laport, the seven-day event (trimmed from nine days previously at the request of exhibitors) will bring together almost 1,800 exhibitors from 44 countries compared to 1,728 from 42 countries at the 45th show. Trade days are June 13-16 with the public invited June 17-19. Event organizers are investing €25 million ($32.3 million) through 2007 to improve road access and infrastructure at Le Bourget, including the new Hall 5 opening this year. The A380 is expected to fly during the show; Boeing traditionally does not participate in the flying display. Also on hand among commercial transports will be the A318, A340-600, 747-400ERF, Embraer 195 and ERJ-145 as well as the Bombardier CRJ900 and Q400 and the ATR 72-500. The Antonov 225 may put in an appearance as well. In total, "more than 200 aircraft" will be on exhibit compared with 202 in 2003.
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