Day 1 At FIA 2018: From Billion-Dollar Deals To Product Unveilings

Farnborough Airshow 2018 - Day 1 Highlights

Farnborough Airshow 2018 - Day 1 Highlights

The Farnborough International Airshow is always full of surprises. FIA 2018 is no exception. At least that’s what Day 1 tells us.

Unprecedented Service In The Offing

Qatar Executive unveiled its brand new executive jet on the opening day of the trade show. The jet, named Gulfstream G500, will be one be of the fastest and advanced in the Qatar Executive fleet. It will enter the service later this year. This will mark the beginning of an iconic agreement. The initiation of the said agreement between Qatar Airways and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. began in October 2014.  Did you know that next-generation Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 engines power the G500? Also, with its advanced features, the G500 will introduce the clients to a new level of service.

Curtain Raiser Of A Fighter Jet

The Farnborough International Airshow 2018 is the show of many firsts. Day 1 saw the unveiling of a concept of next-generation fighter jet. This concept is being developed as a part of the Future Combat Air Concept programme. The unveiling saw a mock-up of the new fighter jet. The jet, nicknamed the Tempest, is a joint venture. BAE Systems Plc, Rolls Royce Holdings Plc, MBDA UK Ltd and Leonardo SpA have joined hands. Government funding was also announced for the jet. The UK Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson announced a whopping $2.65bn. This funding will help oversee the design and build of the jet through 2025. The year will see a final decision about the program’s future.

Boeing and Airbus Stole The Show

The Aviation giants bagged deals worth approximately $17.4bn. Embraer, the third-largest manufacturer of the civilian plane, also had a great start. They clinched a $1.1bn deal with United Airlines. This was for 25 E175 jets in a 70-seat configuration. DHL, in an attempt to modernize its long-haul fleet, ordered 14 Boeing 777 freighters. The order’s value is $4.7bn. The express courier company also purchased rights for seven more planes.

The Day Ended On A High Note

The first day at the Farnborough Airshow saw announcements of deals worth $46.4bn. This far exceeded the figure achieved on the first day of the previous edition of the trade show. Back then, the first day orders stood at $23bn. The orders placed on the first day of FIA 2018 include the orders for 311 civil planes, worth $43.6bn. Over $2.8bn in engine orders were also announced on the first day itself.

With this year’s edition being the most globally-attended one, expectations are high. Guess what, almost 100 countries have representation at the exhibition. Also, an unprecedented number of military and civil commercial delegations are here. Let’s see what’s in store in the days to come.

The Farnborough Airshow 2018: Here’s What The Visitors Should Know

Farnborough Airshow 2018 Visitors Guide

With the Farnborough International Airshow just around the corner, we thought it’s time we come up with a go-to guide for the visitors. Don’t know the Farnborough Air Show Timetable yet? Have no clue where you could stay during the show? Worry not. You’ll find the answers to all (well, most) of your questions here.

The Farnborough Airshow: A Handy Guide For The Visitors


Trade Days

Trade visitors can avail print-at-home Trade Passes. These are priced at £32.00 plus £6.40 VAT, and are recommended for those looking for a rather quick entry to the show. You could also purchase the passes at the gate, but, this could delay your entry.

  • ADS members can purchase Advance Trade Passes at a 25% discount.  
  • Trade Passes cannot be transferred, and are valid for the registered visitors only.
  • These passes are valid only for the trade days, i.e. from 16 to 20 July 2018. If you want to visit the Farnborough International Airshow on the Public Days, you’d have to purchase Public Day tickets separately.


Public Days

Visit the Farnborough Airshow’s official website to book your tickets for Public Days.

Getting There 

With Farnborough being conveniently located just outside of London, it won’t take much of your time or effort to reach. Here’s how you could travel by different modes of transportation.

By Car:

  • The Farnborough International Airshow is located on the A325, which is accessible from M3 and A31.
  • Follow the routes posted in the vicinity of Farnborough and reach the general car park. Parking is free.
  • Free shuttle buses are available to and from the Airshow from all the off-site car parks.
  • Keep the timings in mind. Shuttle buses to and from the car parks run from 06:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs.
  • Have you purchased reserved parking? If yes, please follow the AA road signs to the car park specified on your parking label. You may also refer to the online, on-site driving guide.
  • GU14 6AZ is the postcode that you need to use for SatNav directions. Go to the Queen’s Roundabout and then follow signs to the general car park.
  • If you are driving all the way from London, allow yourself at least two hours of journey time.


By Rail:

The Farnborough International Airshow is in close proximity to four stations- Farnborough Main, Farnborough North, North Camp and Aldershot. Free shuttle buses run to and from Farnborough Main, North Camp and Aldershot stations, between 07:00 hrs and 19:00 hrs.

  • Farnborough Main: served by South West Trains
  • Farnborough North: served by First Great Western
  • North Camp: served by First Great Western
  • Aldershot: served by South West Trains


Pro-Tip: You could also travel to the Farnborough International Airshow from Gatwick Airport by rail. Take the First Great Western service to North Camp Station, and you’d be at the show venue in approximately 50 minutes.

By Coach:

If you’d like to travel by coach, take advantage of the low-level bus service, which is accessible from specific coach parks, and available at regular intervals all through the day, during the run of the show. You could also purchase your tickets online.

By Bike:

Check outside the visitor entrance at Gate B. That’s exactly where the bike racks will be located.

By Air:

Thinking of flying to the UK for the Farnborough International Airshow? Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports are within 1hr 30 minutes driving distance of the show venue. However, if you plan to fly by helicopter, do refer to the Helicopters Operators Guide beforehand.

FIA 2018 Schedule

Farnborough Airshow 2018 Schedule

FIA 2018 Floor Plans

Not sure where you could find the exhibitors you are looking for? Check out the floor plans here to know their exact on-site locations.


Car Parking

You could access the disabled car park within the show park, via Gate F. This will give you direct access to the show.

Show Mobility

Show Mobility services are also offered at the show.

  • Pre-book electric scooters and manual wheelchairs
  • Do keep in mind that these are limited in number. So, the sooner you book, the better it is.



Disabled toilets and change facilities are also there. To help you locate them with ease, they’ll be clearly marked on all the show plans.

  • Medical or special assistance can also be arranged through Show Mobility services.


Exhibition Halls

The exhibition halls are accessible with a wheelchair without any difficulty.

  • Stair lifts have also been installed throughout
  • You could also contact the organizing team for assistance
  • Two storey Hall 1 has lifts that you could use to access the facilities on the first floor


To ensure that you have a rather streamlined experience, and that there are no hassles whatsoever, a number of facilities are on offer at the show:

  • Banking Facilities: During the show week, you’d have access to banking and foreign exchange facilities, right at the show venue. Automatic cash dispensers will also be there.
  • Car Parking: Both onsite and offsite car parking options are available at the show
  • Connectivity: Apart from the Wifi available all over the place, you could also use any of the mobile phone charging stations, to stay connected to the outside world.
  • Courtesy Car Service: A chauffeur driven car service is also available for you at the show. This service is complimentary.
  • Food & Drink: With several onsite catering facilities, options galore.
  • FIA 2020 Sales Suite: Already thinking of participating in FIA 2020? Discuss it with the team at the FIA 2020 Sales Suite.
  • Media Centre: Situated in Hall 1, this is where you’ll find our friends from the media.
  • Shuttle Bus Service: Buses will run all through the day from various on and offsite locations. These again will be complimentary.

Food and Drinks

Expect a fantastic selection of F&B options available all over the place.

  • Do check out the Skyview Restaurant, especially if you are looking for a more formal setting. The restaurant is accessible to exhibitors, visitors and their guests. It is advisable to pre-book for a better experience. You could make bookings for the trade days (Tuesday-Friday) and invite your guests over to brasserie-style lunches.
  • Each hall will also have an indoor cafe. Here, you could savor hot and cold food & drinks.
  • Other options include an outdoor food court.


Quite a few accommodation options are available in the near. Check them out here. Many of the preferred hotels are already fully booked. So, you may want to do this ASAP. Acting swiftly could also help you take advantage of the Special Event Rates.


While we have tried to cover most of the information that you may be looking for, do refer to the show’s FAQ section for answers to the questions that might still be unresolved.

Trade Days

Public Days

You may also choose to contact us via the comment section, and we’ll get back to you with more information at the earliest. Alternatively, you could direct your queries to

You might be coming to the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, but who’s to say, you won’t be exhibiting at the next edition or another leading defence & aerospace trade show. If so, do get in touch with us. XS Worldwide will be at FIA 2018. Drop by for a quick discussion, and we’ll take it from there.

With more than two decades of experience by our side and the kind of global exposure that not many other trade show companies can boast of, we can meet your individual requirements with ease, no matter which part of the world you choose to exhibit in.

Gearing Up For The Farnborough Air Show? Here’s What Lies In Store!

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The Farnborough Air Show has always facilitated business amongst the aerospace community. FIA 2018 is no different. In fact, it holds more relevance than ever for the industry and the aerospace supply chain. Here’s what the show promises to deliver:

The Farnborough International Airshow: Far Exceeding The Expectations

An Extensive Conference And Seminar Programme

FIA and IATA have together come up with a dedicated Air Cargo Conference Programme. This will be a two-day conference. You get to take a closer look at the future of Air Cargo and the impact of new technologies in this sector. There’s also a roundtable in the offing. FIA has teamed up with Flightglobal for an Airline Chiefs Strategy Roundtable. The participation of several high-profile airline heads makes it worthwhile.

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Last but not least, this year, there’ll be two theaters where you can share and discuss major topics of the day. The topics could get interesting, ranging from space habitation to supersonic travel.  

How do you think the aviation industry would look in 2030? Well, won’t it be interesting to find out how the airline heads perceive it? You bet.

A Perfect Mix Of New & Regular Features

Regular FIA features like the Innovation Zone and Space Zone will, of course, be there. But, those looking forward to something new are in for a treat at the trade show. You could witness the examining of technologies. Interested in automation, additive manufacturing, simulation, virtual and augmented reality and digitization? Head to Aerospace 4.0. It is dedicated to the fourth industrial revolution and the digitization of the industry. No wonder it has become a talking point of late.

The Live Product Demo Area now has an “Air Force Command Centre”. Want to see the products from the leading industry players in a real-life scenario setting? Here’s your chance. For the first three days, the area will only be open to invited delegations and guests. But, trade show visitors need not lose heart. They can explore the feature later, i.e. on Thursday and Friday.

The Cargo Village, which was first developed in 2016, will also be attracting a lot of attention. A featured aircraft, a dedicated exhibition hall and a two-day conference. That’s a lot to look forward to, right?

An International Show True To Its Name

It’s a global affair. With 29 national pavilions confirmed, it indeed is. A significant European presence from Germany, France, and Spain further adds to it. So does the largest presence from China, with 25 participating companies. The best part is that a larger number of international exhibitors may be at the show this year. In 2016, they made up for around 71% of the total number of exhibitors. The expectations are higher this year.  

A Display That’ll Leave You Asking For More

The Farnborough Airshow 2018 has a packed aircraft programme. And whose aircraft can you expect to see? Antonov, ATR, Bell, Dassault, Embraer, L3 Technologies, Piaggio Aerospace, Pilatus and the like. Did you know that Mitsubishi MRJ will be making its flying display debut at the show? Exciting, right? Wait till we tell you that the US DOD will be bringing an F-16 for the flying programme and a C-17 for static display. That’s what you call excitement!

The new permanent hall, FINN, and these exciting, innovative features – we can’t wait for the show to begin. How about you? Let’s catch up at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, and talk business. We have had successful trysts with aerospace and defense shows and can make you stand out at the next one.  

Speed Lovers Are In For A Treat At Farnborough Air Show. Here’s Why

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The Red Bull Air Race will be making its only UK appearance of the year at Farnborough International Airshow. The trade show will be open to the public on 21st and 22nd July and is being awaited by those looking forward to the race. Known to take speed, precision, and skill to a whole new level, the Red Bull Air Race was last held in the UK in 2016.

The Red Bull Air Race At FIA 2018: Here’s What To Expect

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Get ready to witness the very best of the new dimension of motorsport, as a team of two pilots flies Edge 540 race planes. Italian pilot Dario Costa and the UK’s own Ben Murphy will reach speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 12G.  Intriguing, enough? Here’s the real deal. They’ll navigate a low-level racetrack, marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. This explains why the audience is all excited to get up close to this legendary motorsport. It’ll be the first time since 2016 that the pilots would showcase the very best of the techniques they use in a race.

The Red Bull Air Race: Here’s What Else You Should Know

A thrilling flying display, packed full of tension, excitement, and variety. That’s how Andrew Pearcey, Group Marketing Director for Farnborough International, describes it. The Red Bull Air Race will give you a taste of the excitement of air racing. We can’t wait to see the pylons putting the pilots’ skill and accuracy to test, as they come out with flying colors. How about you?

The FIA: Here’s A Quick Overview

FIA sees the who’s who of the aerospace and defense industries, but it’s no less popular among the general public. That’s because of the public airshow that everyone can look forward to. The Farnborough International Airshow 2018 won’t be an exception.

  • Around 80,000 people will be at the trade show to see fast-paced acts during the public weekend, i.e. 21 and 22 July
  • Want to see Blades, one of the world’s most exhilarating aerobatic flying display teams, in action? A bespoke, close-formation aerobatic display designed especially for FIA, is awaiting you. The team, founded by ex-Red Arrows pilots, will dominate the sky. Watch out!
  • Ever seen more horsepower than a Formula 1 car in a specially-designed gravity jet suit? Well, that’s what Real life ‘Iron Man’ Richard Browning will use for flying.  He’ll be flying in a miniature Harrier. The Harrier, which last appeared at the show in 2014, is a legend of the skies. Now’s your chance to catch a glimpse.
  • You’d also get to see the F16, one of the world’s most impressive fast jets, thanks to the US Department of Defence.


The tickets to the airshow are available online. The best part is that children under 15 can attend it for free. So you could plan a family trip of sorts around the trade show, so to say.

It’s a wrap for Eurosatory 2018: Highlights of the last day

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The Unveiling Of A Joint Project

Day 5 at Eurosatory 2018 witnessed the unveiling of the French-German KNDS (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann + Nexter Defense Systems) Group’s highly-awaited first joint project, the, or the European Main Battle Tank. The EMBT is being seen as a short-term response to the operational need of the market for high-intensity battle tanks. KNDS is of the opinion that EMBT shows that their combined skills make it the legitimate & essential industrial actor of the two key French- German future programmes.

A Full-Scale Mock-Up On Display

Yugoimport, a Serbian state-owned intermediary company for the import and export of defense-related equipment, wowed the audience with a full-scale mock-up of the “Strsljen” (Hornet), armed with 12 small-diameter bombs that are under development as of now. Strsljen, a rotary-wing unmanned air vehicle, has been getting a lot of attention of late, especially because of its structure, much of which is constructed from composites. The air vehicle is capable of undertaking both reconnaissance and attack missions, and is equipped with outrigger pylons and an underbelly hardpoint for external stores.

There’s Always A First Time

Eurosatory 2018 also saw the debut of a large number of defence companies, including the Polish company “Concept”. The Bielsko-Biala based company showcased a range of vehicles for special, mechanised and reconnaissance forces, and chose to display two variants (armored and unarmored) of the Dino transport vehicle at the show. The vehicle is said to be a result of the company’s cooperation with Oberaigner Automotive and Mercedes-Benz.

Austria Jumps On The Bandwagon

The BvS 10, which is already deployed by France, Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, will soon arrive in Austria as well. Once it arrives in the country, the BvS 10 all-terrain vehicle (ATV) will be equipped with government furnished equipment, including locally supplied ESL Advanced Information Technology remote controlled weapon station that can be armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. Other government furnished equipment will include a communications system and a color camera, meant to facilitate 360° situational awareness.

Precision Targeting Takes The Centerstage

With the Turkish defence electronics specialist Aselsan showcasing solutions for precision targeting from tactical aircraft, including Aselpod, an advanced targeting pod, precision targeting became the talking point in no time. The fact that the company has also developed a range of precision-guided munitions may have also contributed in shifting the focus to precision targeting.  

The Numbers Speak For Themselves

1,802 exhibitors from 63 countries, 65.8% of which were international companies; 39 national pavilions; 57,056 international visitors from 153 countries; 227 official delegations from 94 countries and 4 international organizations; 177 VIP experts; 71 conferences; and 641 journalists from all continents.

They call Eurosatory the largest defence and security airshow for a reason!

Bidding Adieu With A Promise To Come Back

With Eurosatory 2018 now over, we’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone for making the show a huge success. Looking forward to Eurosatory 2020 already!