Farnborough International Airshow - Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

Farnborough International Airshow – Image © Paul Johnson/Flightline UK

With just over six months to go until the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2016, indications are that the show is set to be one of the biggest and best yet with nearly 80% of exhibition space already sold and, compared to the same period in the previous show cycle confirmed exhibitors has increased by 60%.

While much of what is anticipated at the show is still under wraps, exhibitors and visitors alike can look forward to some interesting changes. Speaking about the forthcoming show, FIL’s Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer said, “We’re really excited at how FIA16 is shaping up. There are lots of things going on that we are still not able to talk about yet, but we are expecting to see a number of firsts from an aircraft display point of view as well as more relevant and useful content that should boost trade visitor numbers to the show. The Space Zone is looking really good and we’ve got great international participation including a new Brazilian and Austrian pavilion. We’re also really excited by the increased Chinese presence; it’s a real sign of China’s growing aerospace industry. ”

She highlighted that SAAB would be creating its own dedicated area, Embrear had increased its presence and that there would be a new look for Lockheed Martin. Other exciting developments at the show include increased participation from the MRO sector and a larger Space Zone. Furthermore, the show will see its largest Chinese participation to date occupying over 500sqm of exhibition space, double that of the 2014 show.

The show will also coincide with Boeing’s Centennial celebrations on Friday 15th July 2016. While full details are still to be confirmed, FIA will form a core part of the aircraft manufacturer’s 100 year anniversary.

It was also noted that the military delegations programme is progressing well with the team in discussion with all key emerging markets including the Middle East, North and South America, India, Australia and Europe. In addition, it is working with all FIA exhibitors regarding engagement with the RAF and the UK MoD. The Civil and Commercial programme is also ahead of the game with five delegations already confirmed from the UK, Italy, Serbia and the Middle East.