At the close of the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, organisers confirmed that the show had recorded orders and options to the value of US$123.9 billion defying industry expectations. Farnborough International’s internal order tracker recorded a total of 856 aircraft valued at US$93.98, 1407 engines valued at US$22.7 billion and a variety of other business deals totalling £7.2 billion.
The week long aerospace trade event was opened by the then Prime Minister, David Cameron and Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson who welcomed senior aerospace executives, military officials and international government representatives at the official opening ceremony with a fly past by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flanked by the Red Arrows. Notable deals over the week included Virgin Atlantic concluding its purchase for 12 Airbus A350-1000 and the UK Government confirming the purchase of 50 Apache Helicopters and 9 Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
Moving Venue by Smart were onsite throughout the Farnborough International Airshow to provide private chalet and on stand catering on behalf of their clients GE Aviation, Bell Textron, Woodward, Marshall, Esterline and CCAT obo Christine Peat. This year’s event was also marked the companies 12th year of providing on-site catering at the prestigious bi-annual airshow.
Richard Beggs, Managing Director of Moving Venue by Smart said: “The Farnborough International Airshow is a truly world-class event and one in which Moving Venue by Smart has been proud to cater at for 12 years. Once again we were able to showcase our chef’s capabilities and produce a seamless service for our very important clients. We greatly look forward to doing it all over again in 2018”.
Farnborough International Chief Executive, Shaun Ormrod said, “The extreme weather brought us some additional challenges this week, but it doesn’t seem to have stopped our exhibitors and visitors doing business. The halls have been busy all week, which is really encouraging for the supply chain industry. With these orders adding to the already large backlog, its looks like the aerospace industry is going to be busy for some years to come.”
The 2016 Farnborough International Airshow welcomed over 6000 young people to the show for its STEM outreach programme Futures Day. Star of the show was British astronaut Tim Peake who opened proceeding in his first public appearance since returning from the International space station.