|Air France’s Boeing 777 Freighter Arrives at Paris Air Show|
|By Mike Mitchell|
June 15, 2009, LE BOURGET, France, Air France's newest Boeing 777 Freighter arrived Sunday in Le Bourget ahead of Monday's opening of the 48th International Paris Air Show. The 777 Freighter will be on display during the show, highlighting its fuel efficiency and cargo capacity. The 777 Freighter is the second 777F delivered to Air France from its May 2005 order for five. Air France was the launch customer for the 777 Freighter program.
The twin-engine Boeing 777 Freighter is the most fuel-efficient airplane in its category, a key element in its leading economic and environmental performance. It has a cargo capacity of 103 metric tons (113 tons) with a range of 9,038 kilometers (4,880 nautical miles).
Air France took delivery of the Boeing 777 on February 19, 2009. A special ceremony was held at the Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour in Mukilteo, Wash. During the festivities, Air France unveiled its new livery and company brand identity.
The 777 Freighter is due to leave the Paris Air Show Wednesday night, June 17.
The Paris Air Show (Salon International de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace, Paris-Le Bourget) is an international trade fair for the aerospace business. It is held at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, France every odd year, alternating both with the Farnborough International Exhibition and Flying Display and the Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung Berlin (ILA).
The Paris Air Show is a commercial air show, organised by the French aerospace industry's body the Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS) whose main purpose is to demonstrate military and civilian aircraft to potential customers. It is one of the most prestigious in the world; traditionally, some major sales contracts are announced during the show as part of the corporate communication of the manufacturers. All major international manufacturers, as well as the military forces of several countries, attend the Paris Air Show.
In addition to industrial visitors, during the closing days, the show welcomes a large number of public visitors from France and other European countries.
At the Trade show, the airlines will be looking for aircraft with greater fuel efficiencies, low cost maintenance, and has a good track record in performance. Airbus will have stiff competition given the unexplained crash of an Air France Airbus A330 into the Atlantic two weeks ago. At this time investigators are focusing on a known problem with its airspeed sensing system.
The International Air Transport Association at its annual meeting this month, forecasted an $80 billion, or 15 percent, decline in member airlines’ revenues with passenger traffic volume down 8 percent and cargo traffic down 17 percent.
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