Most International Airshow Ever

Most International Farnborough Airshow Ever 

  • Fastest-selling show yet, reflecting major growth in demand to do business
  • China and Japan leading international interest
  • Highest ever number of international Pavilions   

With 100 days to go until this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, organisers confirm it has attracted the most global attendance ever. The biennial event, which runs from July 16 until July 22nd, is widely recognised for its role in connecting the worldwide aerospace market. It serves as a backdrop for the announcement of multi-billion dollar deals, and for the launch of major innovations.    

So far, 29 international Pavilions have confirmed, up six from 2016 and representing a 100 per cent retention rate. Countries including Mexico, Turkey and the US will be vying for business alongside a significant European presence from Germany, France and Spain. 

This year’s show - which falls 37 weeks before the UK leaves the EU - will see the largest presence yet from China, with 70 per cent growth in participation since the 2016 show. Meanwhile Japan has increased its presence with a second Pavilion, joining Malaysia, Korea and Indonesia, and underpinning the Airshow’s role as a key gateway into the lucrative Asian aerospace market.  

Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International says: “We are 100 days away from the Show and can see some clear trends emerging with companies now starting to look beyond Brexit to seize opportunities that will enable them to grow business in new markets.

“There has never been so many international exhibitors; we have never sold a show this quickly, and chalet demand is at an all-time high. This indicates serious investment in high-quality presence at our show and reinforces the role that Farnborough plays as a trading hub and connector for the global aerospace industry.       

“The Airshow has always served as a valuable economic barometer – from the billions of dollars in deals announced through to the level of attendance, and coming just eight months ahead of Brexit, the strategic importance of this year’s event cannot be underestimated.”

The number of international exhibitors compared with domestic is set to exceed 2016’s ratio of 71 to 29 per cent, ranking the Farnborough Airshow as the most international of all major European airshows.

One of the Airshow’s halls has been extended to accommodate demand from the US Pavilion.

The show opens to the public for the weekend of July 21nd – 22nd. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the event to watch the legendary flying display and get up close to a huge variety of aircraft, from fast jets to jumbos. Innovation is a major theme for this year’s show and there is a number of inspiring and engaging exhibitions from organisations including the Winchester Science Centre and Brooklands Museum.