The Paris Air Show: an international event that leads the way for the decarbonisation of the aviation industry 

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The Paris Air Show took place from the 19th to the 25th of June at the Paris-Le Bourget exhibition centre. One of the highlights of the international air and space show was the focus on the decarbonisation of the aerospace industry as well as the mobilisation, within the sector, to make fuel more sustainable. Airbus Atlantic, a leader in the aerospace sector, also presented the significant progress that has been made in the use of hydrogen in aviation.

The most important aeronautic event in France, Paris Air Show, stood out with its exhibition of 150 aircraft, from drones to helicopters, and its surface area of 125,000 sqm. Some of the main exhibitions included were the Paris Air Lab, which presented innovations in technology, air operations, and alternative energy sources, and the Paris Air Mobility, a space dedicated to the latest innovations and emerging technologies in the field of air mobility, with a special focus on electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL).

For one week, this event brought together:

2,500+  exhibitors from 46 countries

1,370 International companies

300,000 visitors

Take Kair: a €700 million investment to produce sustainable aviation fuel

The event also saw the presentation of major projects focusing on the use of sustainable fuels in aviation, such as the Take Kair project. Led by Holcim, Ifpen, Axens, and EDF, it aims to develop a pilot CO2-based paraffin and green hydrogen plant in the Loire-Atlantique department. 

This project aims to produce around 50 kilotons of sustainable aviation fuel per year. The E-kerosene will be produced thanks to the capturing of CO2 in the Holcim cement plant located in Saint-Pierre-La-Cour, in Mayenne (Atlantic France). The investment could represent up to €700 million and Air France-KLM will be the main purchaser of the sustainable fuel.

Airbus Atlantic: a leader in aeronautics with headquarters in Atlantic France

Airbus, the world’s second-largest player in the aerostructures market, has three of its four French sites located in Atlantic France. They are now all part of the new company Airbus Atlantic.

The first state-of-the-art hydrogen tanks were manufactured at the Airbus Technocentre in Nantes and are the first step in advancing the vision of creating a hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2030 and launching a first commercial flight in 2035.