Economic Clouds Part at Farnborough Air Show

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Farnborough, England – Signs of continued economic recovery were seen at the Farnborough International Air Show, which lived up to its reputation as the place where mega-deals get done in the big-ticket aerospace industry.

The biennial trade event in the United Kingdom started with a bang in July with announcements from Boeing and AirBus for multi-plane orders worth billions of dollars. Boeing revealed it was selling up to 60 of its 737-800 airliners to Air Lease Corporation. Airbus reported Latin America’s LAN Airlines had signed on the dotted line for 50 Airbus A320 planes.

Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL), organizers of the event, said 1,450 exhibitors participated in the show and drew approximately 132,000 trade attendees. The show, which spanned 90,000 square meters (968,752 square feet) of exhibit space, was sold out. “Feedback has been very positive,” said Shaun Ormrod, chief executive of FIL. “The caliber of the exhibitors and the stands was very high. All of our exhibitors were delighted to welcome 68 (attendee) delegations from 44 countries.”

Improvements for the 2010 show included additional paved parking area for aircraft and a bus terminal for free shuttle service between the show venue outside London and train stations in the area.

Reach Shaun Ormrod at +44(0)1252 532800 or shaun.ormrod@farnborough.com