Curtain raises for Farnborough Airshow, If you have any interest in the aviation industry at all there’s only one place to be this week – Farnborough.
It may only be a small town in southern England but every other year it hosts a massive airline trade show where the chequebooks come out and deals worth tens of billions of dollars are done.

Farnborough Airshow Open

Farnborough Airshow Open

All the major players in the international aerospace business have gathered for the Farnborough Air Show outside London, a city gripped by economic uncertainty after the U.K.’s shock vote to leave the European Union.

Nonetheless, the show must go on. The industry faces unanswered questions of its own, apart from the impact of Brexit.

Boeing’s 737 MAX 8, now in flight test, will make its Air Show debut in the daily flying displays. Boeing will also fly a Navy P-8 submarine hunter, an F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter and a 787-9 Dreamliner.

At Moses Lake recently, Boeing test pilots practiced the near-vertical climb on takeoff that wowed the crowd last year at the Paris Air Show.

Rival Airbus will fly its slow-selling yet majestic superjumbo A380, as well as the new A350 jet, which competes with the 787 and the 777.

Another attraction will be Canadian plane-maker Bombardier flying its new CSeries jet. As aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group notes, it’s “the first all-new player in this market in many, many decades.”

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