Set-up day at Farnborough and one of our own lobs a speculation grenade into the Flightglobal chalet. The EADS stand features a full-sized Airbus A350 XWB mock-up with a Spanish flag prominently positioned behind the cockpit window.
There’s a pressure wave of half-baked conclusions and outrageously premature headlines, mainly about
Sure enough, the A350 is there complete with Bandera de España…
…but what’s being concealed?
Nothing is obviously visible through the cloth so I sidle up to the flag and, feigning intense fascination with the coat-of-arms, slide my hand up behind it, feeling around as if there’s a front-page scoop written on the fuselage in Braille.
Still nothing. So there’s only one option. A glance around suggests the only people around are labourers putting the finishing touches to the stand, so I lift the free corner of the flag and look underneath.
Then I hear a voice. “You like the flag? It’s my flag,” says one of the workers, in a Mediterranean accent. “The World Cup!”
And with that, the red-hot Spanish A350 scoop flatlines.
“Are you from