Pakistani starfighter jet JF-17 Thunder marked a powerful performance at the inauguration ceremony of the 53rd International Paris Air Show held in Le Bourget, Paris.
Representing the delegation of Pakistan Air Force, Air Marshal Ahmed Shehzad, Hi (M) Chairman, PAC Board Kamra and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Mughees Afzal, Si (M), DG Security Pakistan Air Force attended the show.
Applauding the impressive performance by the whole team, Pakistani Ambassador commented that it is a great opportunity for our country to interact with the expertise and technology of the other participants for self-development.
Thunder would be performing daily on the 7 days shows and continue to mesmerize the audience with its agility and maneuvering abilities.
Pakistan Navy has also participated in the show to demonstrate its ATR reconnaissance aircraft.
Apart from Pakistani participation, the Air Show provides massive business opportunities for every attendant. But the show was unexpectedly depressing for the aircraft giant Boeing.
Boeing unveiled their Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the Air Show to develop consumer’s confidence after some technical difficulties incurred in its 737-Max aircraft.
The whole fleet of the aircraft was grounded after a couple of deadly crashes. The company failed to impress any customer amid the safety concerns and international trade wars. CEO of the company also admitted that this Air Show is not about orders, as the company is seeking assurance of the customers that the Boeing is making progress.
Comparatively, Airbus joined the show with anticipation to bag major new orders with the presentation of another tight body plane, the A321XLR. That happened early Monday morning when Air Lease Corporation, which leases many planes to carriers around the globe, submitted a request to order 100 Airbus plans including 27 XLR’s, worth 11 billion USD.