Farnborough International Airshow 2008
As Farnborough International Airshow 2008 celebrates 60 years in Hampshire this summer, the show is on schedule to be the biggest event ever in the airshow's history in terms of exhibition space and exhibitor presence. Exhibition sales have been at record levels, with applications up on the previous show, and the final figure for exhibition sales just under 20% higher than in 2006. The total number of exhibitors is expected to be over 1500 - a 5% increase on last show. Chalet usage is at an absolute maximum with all units sold.
New exhibiting companies are coming to the show for the first time from emerging industry sections which reflect growth market areas for future shows, and which are of increasing interest to the Farnborough trade visitors. Representatives from the airport sector have increased, with Bahrain International Airport and Dubai World Central exhibiting, as well as aircraft interiors companies. We also welcome Columbia, as a new exhibiting country, to the Airshow this year while countries such as Hindustan which is showcasing helicopters, are returning with bigger presence than at previous shows.
Particular pavilions have also increased in size and presence, with FIA 2008 displaying an enhanced AUVSI Pavilion, and more exhibitors than ever before in the Kallman Worldwide Pavilion in Halls 2, 3, and 4. The Business Aircraft Park will be consolidating on its success in 2006 and has really developed as a serious and dedicated area for business aviation. It has improved its facilities by increasing the permanent hard standing pads for the aircraft. The opportunity to create a dedicated, specialist area for business aircraft has been taken up enthusiastically by exhibitors who have made the most of the proximity of the J Row chalets to the Aircraft Park.
Show organisers have seen significant movement from K Row to J Row on the part of small frame manufacturers with a business aviation focus looking to make the most of access from the chalets to their aircraft in the Business Aircraft Park. Dassault has moved from K Row to J Row; Hawker Beachcraft will have presence there for the whole trade week, and the maximum number of chalet units are being used. Gulfstream will be taking a meeting room in the Business Aircraft Park reception area, and Bombardier which has never taken a pavilion before will be building a structure in this area to concentrate their activity.
Amanda Stainer, the Airshow's Exhibition and Events Director expressed her delight at the event's prospects for 2008: "I am extremely pleased with the progress of this year's Airshow. Our intention has always been to build on the success of the 2006 event, and to ensure that this year's show delivers an incomparable business service for our exhibitors and their customers, ensuring that they can gain maximum benefit and opportunity from attending Farnborough Airshow – whether that is taking orders, making sales or developing new business. We have enjoyed wonderful support both from new and returning exhibitors who have really entered into the spirit of helping us to create an unforgettable anniversary show."
ENDS 13 May 2008 Farnborough International Limited The Farnborough International Airshow is organised by Farnborough International Ltd (FIL), a subsidiary company of the UK's aerospace trade association, the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC). FIL is focused on delivering an innovative and cost-effective exhibition, maintaining the standing of the show as a world-class event in a competitive global industry. The next Farnborough International Airshow is 14-20 July 2008.
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