Written and photographed by Tom Mercer | July 13th 2016
The third and final day, for us that is, of Farnborough International Airshow has drawn to a close and once again the weather didn’t play ball; persistent, heavy showers passed through on multiple occasions causing localised flooding in some of the halls.
It’s fair to say that Farnborough has felt much quieter this week compared to previous years and the orders seem to confirm this. Although they’ve been coming in thick and fast, they haven’t quite stacked up against orders confirmed during the 2014 show.
The highlight of today was being shown around Boeing’s new 737 MAX. In their centennial year, the aviation giant are demonstrating a redesigned version of the 737 ‘Next Generation’ series aircraft and with over 3000 orders already confirmed, the 737 MAX is due to be a financial success when it launches with Southwest Airlines in 2017.
- Leonardo Aircraft have confirmed that buyers in South America and Asia have shown ‘significant interest’ in their armed AW149.
- Air Asia have signed a deal with Airbus for 100 A380neo aircraft.
- BAE Systems have signed a 10-year arrangement with Leonardo Aircraft to support the avionics of the Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fleet.
- Leonardo Aircraft will develop the largest solar panel array ever built, measuring 97 square metres, for the Airbus Defence and Defence JUICE space mission.
- Reaction Engines Ltd and the European Space Agency have signed a deal worth £8 million which will see the ESA continue as the ‘technical auditor’ of the Sabre rocket project.