The Farnborough International Airshow is one of the biggest in the world and takes place every two years during the month of July.
At the last Airshow in 2008 well over a quarter of a million people – industry professionals and public – came to take a look. This year is expected to be an even bigger success with all the exhibition space sold out months ahead of the show. This year there will be some 1400 exhibitors representing 38 countries from around the world.
Farnborough draws much world recognition for its flight displays which are renowned not only for the quality of the aircraft but also the technical ability of the pilots. This year the Boeing 787 will be making its international debut and the new A400M military transport plane from Airbus, which has already been on show in Berlin in June, will be taking off and showing off its distinctive four propeller technology.
There will also be a whiff of nostalgia in the air at Farnborough with an airborne commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Veteran aircraft will take to the skies and dogfight re-enactments will be staged with ME109s and Spitfires. A genuine WW2 Mark 1 Hawker Hurricane R441 and B52 bomber will help complete the historic theme.
It has been a tough year for aviation, not only has the industry been hit by the world economic recession, but it has also had to deal with the unexpected and major fall-out from Iceland’s volcanic eruption.
Giovanni Magi is Euronews’ specialist aviation journalist and is on the ground at Farnborough. He says there is real hope that Farnborough will mark an upturn for the aviation market. “Many signals indicate the aviation crisis due to the global financial downturn and Iceland’s volcano is drawing to an end. There are growing expectations that Farnborough could confirm with definite results, the sector entering a renewed phase of economic, industrial and technological development.”
The ash cloud from Iceland’s volcanic eruption ash disrupted air traffic and kept planes grounded across Europe for weeks earlier this year. It was the biggest shutdown of airspace in Europe since World War II, and affected at least 10 million passengers worldwide and cost the air industry up to an estimated 2.5 billion euro.
For more information on the Farnborough Airshow visit their website at www.farnborough.com