Farnborough International Air Show absolutely flew by and we can’t believe it’s over already. Both the trade and public shows lived up to expectations, offering key networking opportunities and memorable sights for aviation fanatics and professionals.
The Trade Show
Last week, the airshow kicked off with former Prime Minister David Cameron and Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson launching proceedings at the official opening ceremony, which saw a flyby from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flanked by the Red Arrows.
The two then welcomed senior aerospace executives, international government representatives and military officials to the trade show, which would go on to defy industry expectations by generating orders worth over $120 billion in total.
Farnborough’s internal order tracker recorded the sale of 856 aircrafts and 1407 engines. Some of the biggest deals came from Virgin Atlantic who purchased 12 Airbus A350-1000s and the British Government who ordered 50 Apache Helicopters and 9 Boeing P-8 Poseidons.
With an average of 20,000 visitors a day, the trade show was a massive success for everyone involved. FIA’s Commercial Director Amanda Stainer has said that there have already been plenty of re-bookings for 2018. Farnborough offered a unique opportunity for networking, as engagement with the on-site seminars and company presentations was high.
Our Bahco stall seemed to be quite the success as we showed off our new Tools at Height range. We launched our latest competition, giving professionals the opportunity to win one of our bespoke Bahco Ergonomic Tool Management Systems.
The Public Show
Alongside the trade show was the FIA Future Day, a STEM outreach programme which saw 6,000 young people learning more about the amazing possibilities when studying STEM subjects. This was opened by Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut to board the International Space Station in his first public appearance since returning from space.
Once all the deals had been made and the trade show closed its hanger doors, the public show took off in spectacular form. Under the grey skies, the Boeing 737 MAX and Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II both made their debut at the Farnborough International Airshow.
Airbus flaunted their A350 XWB wide body aircraft, which entered commercial service at the end of 2015. The plane gave a phenomenal display which proved popular as more than 800 orders have already been placed.
Those who attended the airshow experienced the ground shaking take-off of the Eurofighter Typhoon as the twin-engine fighter craft hurtled down the runway. The Typhoon was one of the main attractions of this year’s show and amazed audiences with its nimble display.
The Apache helicopter pushed itself to its limits, showing audiences why it’s one of the best military helicopters out there with a display of in-flight combat manoeuvres that dazzled audiences.
As the hanger doors close on Farnborough International Airshow once again, it looks like there’s going to be a lot for aviation enthusiasts and families to look forward to in 2018.