- The 2018 Farnborough International Airshow is the most important aviation industry trade show of the year.
- In total, $US192 billion worth of deals were announced during the weeklong show including order and commitments for more than 1,400 commercial aircraft worth $US154 billion.
- But Farnborough was more than just about the deals. It was the sea of shiny metal and carbon composite that stole the show.
- Here are just a few of the planes from Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream, and many others that were on display at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.
As the curtains fell on the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow over the weekend, exhibitors and attendees took stock of what was the most important aviation trade show of the year.
And it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Exhibitors announced deals worth an estimated $US192 billion during the weeklong show. That’s up more than $US67 billion for the last time the biennial show was held in 2016.
According to Morgan Stanley analyst Rajeev Lalwani, the roughly 900 orders and commitments announced by Airbus and Boeing far exceeded his projections of 300 to 500 aircraft.
In total, show officials said more than 1,400 commercial aeroplanes valued at $US154 billion were ordered. There were also more than 1,400 aircraft engines ordered worth another $US22 billion.
“Going into the show, the industry backlog is at a record high, in excess of 14,000 aircraft on the books,” Gareth Rogers, Farnborough International CEO, said in a statement. “The major deals announced this week demonstrate how confident the aerospace industry is and the role of Farnborough as an economic barometer.”
Highlights from the show include a $US10.1 billion order for 34 Airbus A330-900neo airliners by Malaysia low-cost carrier AirAsia X and a commitment from Vietnamese low-cost airline VietJet for 100 Boeing 737MAX aircraft worth $US12.7 billion at list prices. These values are based on list prices not including substantial industry-stand discounts.
However, there was much more to the show than the just the deals. There were flight demonstrations and simulators along with an endless parade of dignitaries from around the world.
But the stars of the show were the planes on display. Here is a collection of planes that dominated the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.
For one week every other summer, Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, England becomes the epicentre of global aviation where aeroplane makers show off their latest and greatest. Here are the highlights for the 2018 show.
Airbus was out in force. Its display contingent included the new A330-900neo along with…
…Two A220-300s. The plane that, until a couple of weeks ago, was called the Bombardier CS300. One of the A220-300s came from Lativan carrier AirBaltic…
…While the other is a prototype.
The first second-hand Airbus A380 operated by Portuguese airline HiFly landed in Farnborough a few days after the start of the show.
Airbus also showed off a Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000. It’s the new rival for Boeing’s hot-selling 777-300ER.
Qatar Airways brought one of those to show off as well.
The 737MAX is the fastest selling aircraft in Boeing history. Naturally, it made an appearance at Farnborough.
Both halves of the global commercial aviation duopoly showed off the capabilities of their aircraft. Here, a Biman Bangladesh Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner goes its flight demonstration.
This Airbus A350-1000 prototype just completed its own demo flight.
Other leading manufacturers also had a major presence. Embraer showed off its new E2 regional jet complete with a shark nose “Profit Hunter” paint job.
The E2’s rival from across the Pacific was also at the show. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is the first modern airliner to emerge from Japan. Here, an MRJ prototype in All Nippon Airways livery is sitting on the tarmac.
There was also a large contingent of private jets. Savannah, Georgia’s Gulfstream brought its next-generation G500 and…
… Big brother G600 to the show.
Parked next to the duo was Gulfstream’s entry-level G280.
Canada’s Bombardier showed off its impressive Global 6000 private jet.
French jet maker Dassault brought two versions of its iconic tri-motor private jets to Farnborough — the 8X and the 900LX.
Embraer’s private jet division showed off the newly revamped Phenom 300E. The Florida-built Phenom is the most popular small private jet in the world.
The North Carolina-built HondaJet made an appearance as well.
There was also a section of the show dedicated to cargo planes. The big hitters in this section are the Antonov AN124 and…
…The Boeing 747-8F. Yes, that’s Jeep peeking out from inside the jumbo jet.
Military aircraft at the show included the Eurofighter Typhoon and…
…The Panavia Tornado.
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