Bumper cov­er­age of Farn­bor­ough Air­show

Aldershot News & Mail - - FRONT PAGE -

A RECORD-BREAK­ING £117.7 bil­lion worth of or­ders was placed at this year’s Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show.

The fig­ure dwarves the £46.8bn to­tal recorded at the last event in 2012, and several busi­nesses have al­ready pledged to re­turn in 2016, en­sur­ing the bi­en­nial show made an en­cour­ag­ing mes­sage for the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

Be­fore the pub­lic was unleashed on the show on Satur­day and Sun­day, traders were given from Mon­day last week to Fri­day to pitch their prod­ucts, net­work and place high­value or­ders for air­craft and tech­nol­ogy.

By the close of ex­hi­bi­tion, Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional con­firmed that or­ders and com­mit­ments for civil jet en­gines alone to­talled 1,600 units, worth £20.2bn, while more than 1,100 air­craft, worth £89bn, had been pur­chased.

A fur­ther £8.5bn was achieved in ser­vice con­tracts, re­flect­ing the buoy­ancy of the aerospace in­dus­try in­ter­na­tion­ally and in the UK.

Shaun Orm­rod, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional, said cus­tomers had gone back to their homes all over the world ‘very, very happy’ with their ex­pe­ri­ence in Farn­bor­ough.

“We are ex­tremely pleased by these num­bers,” he said.

“There is al­ready an order back­log and these ad­di­tional or­ders will keep man­u­fac­tur­ers in busi­ness, and peo­ple em­ployed for some years to come.

“It is great news for UK busi­ness and the econ­omy.”

Air­bus trumped Boe­ing at the end of the show by se­cur­ing more deals with air­lines and leas­ing com­pa­nies, after launch­ing a re­vamped ver­sion of its pop­u­lar A330 dur­ing the show.

A Meet the Buyer event proved suc­cess­ful this year, with more than 1,200 meet­ings tak­ing place with 30 del­e­gate com­pa­nies and UKTI com­mer­cial of­fi­cers.

The event has dou­bled in size com­pared with 2012, with more than 300 com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pat­ing.

The of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tions pro­gramme was also well at­tended, with al­most 80 mil­i­tary del­e­gates in at­ten­dance from 59 coun­tries, in­clud­ing 10 from the US. The civil del­e­ga­tions pro­gramme also had strong par­tic­i­pa­tion, with se­nior man­age­ment from 12 or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing HAL, Au­gusta West­land, Italy, Air­bus and Sukhoi.

Amanda Stainer, com­mer­cial direc­tor for show or­gan­is­ers Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional, said: “We are de­lighted by the or­ders and com­mit­ments at the show, how­ever it’s the net­work­ing out­side of those deals that are just as im­por­tant, demon­strated by the num­ber of ex­hibitors that have al­ready re-booked for 2016.

“The value of book­ings for the 2016 show has in­creased by a mas­sive 1,000% com­pared to 2012. We are very pleased.”

As re­ported in the News & Mail last week, the air­show hosted a num­ber of ma­jor an­nounce­ments and in­ter­na­tional deals.

Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron un­veiled plans for a ma­jor new de­fence project in Farn­bor­ough, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, min­is­ter for the cab­i­net of­fice, cities and con­sti­tu­tion, signed a £118m En­ter­prise M3 growth deal, and out­go­ing de­fence sec­re­tary Philip Ham­mond MP, agreed to a deal with the French over the ac­qui­si­tion and sup­port of mil­i­tary equip­ment.

Liv­ing the dream: The new Boe­ing 787-9 Dream­liner can carry 280 pas­sen­gers and is a lot more en­ergy ef­fi­cient than sim­i­lar sized aero­planes.

CHRIS WHI­TEOAK. AN144260

Next gen­er­a­tion: The space zone pro­vided del­e­gates with an op­por­tu­nity to see where com­mer­cial flights are head­ing, with jour­neys to the edge of space al­ready be­ing planned.

Mem­ber of the ro­tor-y club: It was not just jets on show as the T129 ATAK com­bat he­li­copter was dis­played for the mil­i­tary del­e­gates at the air­show.

Wait­ing for per­mis­sion from the tower: This M346 mil­i­tary trainer air­craft is about to be put through its paces.

Elec­tric launch: The new Air­bus E-Fan had its first pub­lic out­ing at the air­show. The two-seater plane is planned to be used for pi­lot train­ing.

In con­trol: The pi­lot of this Trescal Star­duster, be­low, is all smiles as he pre­pares to take the plane out for a spin, above.

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