The Farnborough organizers are promoting themed days for the duration of the trade show, including civil, defense, space, security and STEM. My plan is to follow along with their theme and bring you what I see as the most exciting news that matches the theme.
Keeping with that idea, today's theme is civil. (The U.K. blokes are calling this AeroSpace, which seemed a little vague to me.) Even though airshows like Farnborough are traditionally a venue for military aircraft to strut their stuff in dare-devil aerial displays, civil aerospace may be equally breathtaking this year:
- The 787 took breaths away as it came in for its first international landing yesterday morning, and enthusiasts are queuing up for a glimpse of the partially-outfitted interior.
- Emirates, already the world's largest 777 operator, announced an order for 30 more.
- GECAS (the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric) announced an order for 40 Next-Generation 737-800s.
Keep in mind the first day of the show hasn't even ended while I collect my thoughts, but it is clear that the next few days will be breathtaking. The orders announced today are worth billions of dollars, but despite the spectical of it all, Boeing's take is that competing for airshow order announcements is largely irrelevant when it comes to the bottom line. (Read Randy Tinseth's interesting blog post on this.)