Global air shows in
The end of the 2014 Farnborough Air Show saw deals, orders and commitments amounting to some
Rewind nine months ago, the 2013 Dubai Airshow racked up deals totalling some
The numbers involved are staggering when you look at them. But then, the numbers also indicate the health, strength and resilience of the wider global aviation market both for commercial aerospace and in defence. Both sectors are vibrant and robust and even with defence cut backs from a swathe of governments, there is still plenty of money sloshing around the world to make big deals happen.
Indeed, last week,
"I talk about providing that environment in which the human sitting in a box on the ground would have the same kinesthetic awareness of the aviator sitting in a platform in the middle of a combat environment," Hostage told the Stars & Stripes website.
"The day will come when I can produce that, and if that day comes, I am happy to stop flying manned aircraft. That day is not here yet but I think it will happen," he added.
It will be a long time before that sort of ground-breaking technology reaches commercial airplanes, but with demand for air travel soaring and
Whether that's single pilot or full automation that's for future history, but it is evident that the big three global air shows in
Events like Farnborough also showcase the future of the industry and the promise of what will come tomorrow. Just as the 777X launch in
Without wanting to drop both shows into some sort of contest with each other, it's only fair to remember that
Equally, the launch of the 777X is something of an industry rarity. As of writing,
The 777X has racked up more orders in less time than it takes a woman to have a healthy baby. And if you compare this sales performance with the current hot-selling 777-300ER, that airplane took almost seven and a half years to amass 281 orders from its launch back in
When you look at the numbers like that, it is little wonder that
When you see leasing giants like
Defence pressures, airlines still chasing new efficient jets like the A320neo and 737MAX will of course be order of the day and the Bombardier CSeries will continue to limp towards irrelevance as it seeks 300 firm orders before entry into service given the string of delays already, they'll get their 300 orders by delaying the ailing jet just that little bit more!
The calendar is littered with fringe air shows. The strength of the 2013 Dubai Airshow and this summer's Farnborough Air Show demonstrate that the aviation industry has learned to adapt with the dizzy-height numbers that make glossy media headlines.
And it is with this in mind that the GCC will continue to lead the world in aviation growth, despite regional turmoil because of the buoyancy that demand here has.
Those critics looking to prod the needle into the so-called
The writer is chief analyst at ?London-based StrategicAero ?Research.
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