Farnborough International Airshow organisers confirm it has attracted the most global attendance ever. The biennial event, which runs from July 16 until July 22nd, is widely recognised for its role in connecting the worldwide aerospace market. It serves as a backdrop for the announcement of multi-billion dollar deals, and for the launch of major innovations.
So far, 29 international Pavilions have confirmed, up six from 2016 and representing a 100 per cent retention rate. Countries including Mexico, Turkey and the US will be vying for business alongside a significant European presence from Germany, France and Spain.
This year’s show - which falls 37 weeks before the UK leaves the EU - will see the largest presence yet from China, with 70 per cent growth in participation since the 2016 show. Meanwhile Japan has increased its presence with a second Pavilion, joining Malaysia, Korea and Indonesia, and underpinning the Airshow’s role as a key gateway into the lucrative Asian aerospace market.
Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International says: “We can see some clear trends emerging with companies now starting to look beyond Brexit to seize opportunities that will enable them to grow business in new markets.”
The show opens to the public for the weekend of July 21nd – 22nd. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the event to watch the legendary flying display and get up close to a huge variety of aircraft, from fast jets to jumbos. Innovation is a major theme for this year’s show and there is a number of inspiring and engaging exhibitions from organisations including the Winchester Science Centre and Brooklands Museum.
Tim Peake is returning to Farnborough International Airshow. Touching down on Futures Day, he will be participating in a programme of events especially designed to inspire young people from school, colleges and universities. Futures Day at the Farnborough International Airshow is designed to stimulate and encourage young people aged 11 – 21 into an exciting career in the dynamic sectors of aerospace and defence. He commented “Attending Futures Day again will be a huge honour for me. Farnborough International Airshow is a spectacular event and I can say without a doubt that Futures Day is the most important day of the week. I can’t wait to participate again this year where I hope to see even more young people who aspire to be astronauts, scientists and engineers!”