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Record numbers at Farnborough International Airshow


Record numbers at Farnborough International Airshow

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It has been a record-breaking 62nd edition of the Farnborough International Airshow, with over 1,500 exhibitors taking part.

The only sector not seeing much business was defence.

Colin Clark, from online magazine Breaking Defense, said: “The Airshow itself this year is a bit quieter on the defence front than over the last 12 years, because the wars are winding down. There hasn’t been a great deal of military news.”

Euronews correspondent Paul McDowell, at the Airshow, added: “The commercial sector business, however, has been booming. On the first day, orders and commitments topped the 41 billion US dollar mark, three times the amount of the first day two years ago.”

Perhaps a buoyant market could be summed up by the presence of Gulfstream. Their jets fly heads of state across the globe, and the world-renowned brand is back after missing the last two shows.

The company believes there is potential for growth in Europe.

Gulfstream Senior Vice-President Scott H. Neal said: “Well, I think we are seeing encouraging signs in Europe, and again we are here and I think that’s some evidence of the strength we see in the market. In a lot of markets, including the US, a few years ago the only way to go was up, and so we are seeing good signs in both the US for improvement, and in Europe things are improving, so we are encouraged, we are excited, we are very engaged in the market and we are busy.”

The world’s largest air show is now preparing for a spectacular weekend, with a series of air displays for the public.

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