The Countdown Begins

Yesterday – Sunday 16th July – marked the official one-year countdown to the 2018 edition of the Farnborough International Airshow. Within the office here at ShowCentre, this milestone marks a major step-up in the planning and development of the show and we all take a sharp intake of breath with the anticipation of the pending show.

With 364 days to go, demand for the exhibition space is very buoyant with the exhibition team having experienced its busiest June on record after returning from the Paris Airshow and a number of other aerospace events. To date, 103 chalets and 25,307sqm of exhibition space in the Halls have already been booked and reserved. In crude terms, that puts us at 97% booked or reserved. With still a year to go these numbers are very impressive and we are looking at options to expand if the need arises. The Paris Airshow reported it was sold out 8 months before the show – will we achieve a similar result?

So what does this strong demand represent for Farnborough? Reports indicate that with the order backlog for aircraft will stretch well into the next decade meaning the focus is definitely on the supply chain. This is evidenced by more SME participation and first-time exhibitors booked for FIA18. The supply chain is also looking at new technologies in its efforts to streamline the production process and reduce the order backlog. From 3D printed components to digitisation, all these technologies will become hot topics at Farnborough supported by our new Aerospace 4.0 feature at the show.

Our bookings and enquiries also indicate that we are at the dawn of a new era. Like the jet age in the 50s, we appear to be on the cusp of other new advances from space travel, supersonic aircraft and flying cars. They have all been showcased at Farnborough and Paris over the past few years and it will be interesting to see how these will develop in the coming years.

As we look forward to the next 12 months, we’ll be busy making sure the next edition of the Farnborough International Airshow provides that forum for business and knowledge exchange that is so vital to the aerospace industry (and fingers crossed for good weather).