With the 2023 edition of the Paris Air Show only one week away, eVTOL makers are starting to announce plans to bring their prototypes and aerial mobility vision to the show. Paris and Farnborough alternate each summer and bring together the largest stakeholders and manufacturers in aviation, often including displays of flight test aircraft, large aircraft orders, and exciting press releases from OEM’s.

The last Paris Air Show was held in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s Paris Air Show is the first since before the COVID-19 pandemic as the 2021 edition was cancelled. So far, two eVTOL makers Eve and Archer have announced plans to attend with their prototypes.

New to the show, Paris Air Show will feature an Air Mobility Event, which is located in Hall 5 at Le Bourget Airport. Dedicated to the latest innovations and emerging technologies in eVTOL, the Paris Air Show’s Air Mobility event will bring together key players of this sector with three days of discussions focused on the maturation of advanced air mobility and its impact on the future of aerospace.

Archer’s Midnight aircraft will be the featured eVTOL aircraft at the Paris Air Show, positioned in the center of the Air Mobility event. Archer intends to share progress toward scaling manufacturing of Archer’s Midnight eVTOL aircraft as Archer prepares for planned commercialization in 2025.

Archer’s Midnight eVTOL will make its European debut at Paris Air Show 2023

Eve will similiarly be attended, but worth noting this will be the company’s first public display since going public.

The company comes to Paris after a successful year that includes the industry’s largest order backlog (2,770 orders) for its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, strong interest and a growing number of customers purchasing its Urban Air Traffic Management (Urban ATM) software and a comprehensive portfolio of agnostic services and operations solutions.

“The Paris Air Show brings together aviation’s global players and showcases the biggest news and the latest advances in the aerospace sector,” said Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve. “Eve comes to Paris with tremendous momentum as we continue the development of our eVTOL, including progressing toward key program milestones.” 

Why it matters: The return of the Paris Air Show is a great sign of the world healing after the COVID-19 pandemic and this show is an incredible showcase of what the industry has to offer. With aerial mobility taking a bigger role in the air show’s lineup of displays and panels, stakeholders and investors are eager to see cabin mockups and hear directly from eVTOL makers on the progress of their programs.

Posted by Ross Piscoran