Autonomous and electric aircraft innovation can bring headlines to the Paris Air Show 2019, but Boeing, Airbus and others will also hope to spot buyers with more traditional aircraft. CNBC previews some of the existing and concept aircraft that will be displayed in the air and on the ground.
Airbus – Vahana
Airbus Vahana demonstration during trial flight.
Airbus wants its Vahana Project to be the first self-powered electric vessel to receive certification. A prototype test model has flown more than 50 test planes at the Pendleton UAS Range in Oregon, USA
F-35 Lightning II
The most expensive weapon in history, the F-35 is back to Paris after the 2017 debut. Fighter will not fly in a demonstration, but will allow curious spectators to get a close-up of a hidden weapon that people are not generally supposed to ever see.
A computer rendering of Eviation's Alice electric commuter aircraft in flight.
Israel's startup Eviation Aircraft claims that it now has money to certify its "Alice" all-electric business and commuter aircraft. The 9-passenger electric aircraft will sit on a static stand in Paris before being sent to the United States for flight testers.
The HondaJet has engines over the wings toward the back of the hull, which means it always causes people to stop and stare. Honda says the location reduces wear and noise.
Airbus A330-200 Multi-role Thoughts Transport tanks US built combat aircraft.
Airbus A330 Multi-roll Tanker Transport MRTT) is an aircraft tanker vessel based on the civilian Airbus A330. A total of 12 nations have placed orders for about 60 aircraft, of which 33 were delivered by the end of 2018.
Mitsubishi Regional Jet – MRJ
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
MRJ is a twin-engine regional jet aircraft seating 70-90 passengers produced by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. The aircraft has not yet received certification and has suffered major cost overruns and delays. The company says it is set to provide an important announcement in Paris.