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17th July 2018, Farnborough

Successful first day for FIA18

The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA18) saw US$ 46.4 billion in deals announced yesterday, surpassing the figure achieved on the first day of the 2016 Airshow which stood at US$ 23 billion. Orders were placed for 311 civil aircraft across the show worth US$ 43.6 billion. More than US$ 2.8 billion in engine orders were also announced.

Going into the show, the commercial aircraft backlog stood at 14,327 – the largest ever. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May officially opened the Airshow, which comes 37 weeks before the UK leaves the European Union. “This is an incredibly exciting time for aerospace. Not only is there huge growth potential, but many of the developments taking place have the potential to transform the way we fly,” she said at the opening ceremony.

The Prime Minster Theresa May was joined by astronaut Tim Peake. © Farnborough International Airshow

“The Farnborough International Airshow connects an industry worth US$ 350 billion. From the orders announced through to presence of global industry leaders and government representatives from around the world, it is the preeminent showcase for businesses of all size,” commented Gareth Rogers, Chief Executive of Farnborough International.

“We’ve seen an incredibly strong start to the Airshow, which is the biggest event of this size hosted in the UK, and this year hosts its most international attendance ever with nearly 100 counties represented.”

The Prime Minster was joined by astronaut Tim Peake, who was at the Airshow’s Space Zone following the announcement of a vertical launch spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland. The Farnborough International Airshow continues all week. This year is the most globally-attended with nearly 100 countries represented and an unprecedented number of military and civil commercial delegations.

The show features a number of innovative developments in composite materials. Airbus Defence and Space unveiled the new Zephyr S HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite) to the world at Farnborough Air Show yesterday morning. The Zephyr S is the first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme and is the first to be made of carbon composites.

A British materials technology that responds to the aerospace industry’s challenges of reducing emissions and weight will be presented on Innovate UK’s stand at the Airshow on 18 July. The presence of Alvant, a leader in aluminium matrix composites (AMCs), at Farnborough follows its selection by Safran Landing Systems to participate in the £28 million ‘Large Landing Gear of the Future’ initiative to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

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