ILA Berlin – The largest aerospace innovation fair in the European Union ends

Berlin, June 9, 2024

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The fair, June 5 to 9, 2024, attracted around 95,000 participants, 600 exhibitors from 31 countries and 200 delegations from around 60 countries.

It featured flight simulators for electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) with mixed reality technology to hydrogen fuel cells for the climate-neutral flying of tomorrow to air defence and defence systems.

ILA Berlin, dubbed Europe’s most important trade show showcased the future of flying at the capital region’s BER.

Taking as its slogan ‘Pioneering Aerospace’ the fair covered a display area of 150,000 square metres.

Featuring the entire range of aerospace products, around 100 aircraft were on display at this year’s ILA – ranging from drones and helicopters to a large passenger airliner.

They included an Emirates A380, a Beluga ST and an A 321 XLR – with its fuel consumption per passenger now reduced to 30 per cent less than the previous generation of aircraft, this airline contributes significantly to sustainable aviation.

Other highlights at the aerospace trade fair were an A310 Air Zero G, used to conduct parabolic flights, and a Do 328– a flying test bed for eco-friendly aviation technology.

Visitors were also able to view the entire range of military aircraft – including a Loyal Wingman, an A400M transport aircraft and an F35multirole stealth fighter, which for the first time took part in an ILA flying display.

Some 350 speakers discussed the latest aerospace topics on four stages including key subjects such as climate-neutral aviation, security and defence as well as the benefits of space flight for humanity.

According to Martin Kroell, member of the board and SME officer of the BGLI, ILA “once again proved how important it is for the German aerospace industry, not only as a show-case for our drive, which fascinates both trade visitors and the public but also because it thrives on political impulses and ideas.”

Dr Mario Tobias, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH observed that “whether the subject is eVTOL aircraft, climate-friendly propulsion systems or satellite networks – ILA stands for innovation, new technology and sustainability in aerospace more than any other event,” adding that, “as always, ILA topics are up-to-the-minute” and that “this year’s event was impressive proof of that.”

Among the popular features of ILA Berlin was the flying displays featuring an F-35 multirole stealth fighter, as well as a Tornado, painted in special colours to mark its fiftieth anniversary. An A321 XLR airliner, an NH90 NATO helicopter and an A330MRTT refuelling aircraft.

The static display featured the entire range of aerospace products including a Loyal Wingman military drone, an Elektra Trainer electric aircraft, and the world’s largest airliner, an Emirates A38o.

Exhibitors at ILA Berlin 2024 include Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, Future Aviation Simulation Technologies as well as national and international exhibitors such as Emirates, Airbus, Deutsche Aircraft, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Diehl Defence, MBDA and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

The German Federal Armed Forces was the largest exhibitor at ILA Berlin 2024.

ILA Berlin attracts experts from all over the world transforming the capital region as a key location for innovation and technology, as indicated by Kai Wegner, the Governing Mayor of Berlin.

The next ILA Berlin will take place from 10 to 14 June 2026.