The next Farnborough International Airshow may be a year away, but some of the biggest companies in business aviation are already increasing their commitment to exhibit. Compared with the last event in 2016, organizers say they are expecting a larger overall bizav presence for the UK show (July 16-22, 2018), even though it is staged barely two months after the annual EBACE event.
Bombardier committed to increasing its aircraft static display and will move to more prominent location on site. Other business aircraft manufacturers have also confirmed space bookings for the show, and organizer Farnborough International predicted that there may be more aircraft making debuts at the 2018 event, as was the case at the 2016 show for companies such as Honda Aircraft, Bombardier, Diamond Aircraft and Gulfstream.
Meanwhile, Farnborough International is constructing a new permanent hall that will be unveiled in the spring of 2018 for the growing airshow. The 20,000-sq-m (215,285-sq-ft) building will feature modern amenities that will also make it suitable for hosting other different types of events and conferences.
According to Farnborough International, there is a significant increase in exhibitor inquiries for the upcoming 2018 show. For instance, sales have also increased in the maintenance, repair and overhaul and aircraft interior sectors. The airshow will see the return of the popular “Meet the Buyer” program, and the cargo area is expected to increase in size and will be allocated its own space in the exhibition hall.
Other new features for the next Farnborough show will include on-floor seminar theaters in Halls 3 and 4 to allow discussions on particular topics to be held close to the exhibits. Organizers also are making arrangements for a so-called interactive product showcase, which promises a fully immersive experience for visitors.
“We are delighted to see so many of our business aviation clients already confirming their space for 2018,” commented Farnborough International commercial director Amanda Stainer. “The show is also attracting many new exhibitors in the sector and we will see a significant increase in exhibition space dedicated to the business aviation industry.”
The Farnborough show is staged at the London-area Farnborough Airport, which is owned and operated by the TAG group (Booth W36) as one of Europe’s few exclusive gateways for business aircraft. Farnborough International is part of UK industry group Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space.