The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is one of the world’s most iconic global aviation events. FIA holds a prominent position within the aerospace calendar taking place once every two years over one week in July. The first five days of the show are traditionally trade days only, followed by a weekend where the exhibition is opened up to the public. This year the show is taken place between 19th – 25th of July with over 300,000 people attending the event.
On of the star attractions this year will be the arrival of Boeing’s new 787 the first passenger jet to be largely built from lightweight and environmentally friendly composite material, is the first of the five test aircraft to leave U.S. airspace.
Its appearance at Farnborough, which alternates years with the Le Bourget airshow outside Paris as the premier aerospace and defence industry gathering, comes as Boeing and arch European rival Airbus seek to rejuvenate plane sales in the aftermath of the global recession — and face new threats to their competitive duopoly.
It is the first time the pair will line up their flagship products, with Airbus’ A380 “superjumbo” taking part in flying displays during the show.
In a major shift away from traditional aluminum and titanium, nearly all of the 787 aircraft’s fuselage and wings are made of composites. That allows the widebody jet to use 20 per cent less fuel than similar planes and make less noise, while providing passengers with more room, cleaner air and wider windows.
The plane, which has a list price of around $161 million for a basic model, is configured in two versions — a 787-8 carrying 210-250 passengers and a 787-9 carrying almost 300 people.