With just over 12 hours before the Farnborough air showkicks off in earnest – the Flightglobal team has already been working hard toproduce tomorrow’s show daily – I thought it would be good to outline the Asianpresence at the show this year.
The most visible Asian presence is the Malaysia AirlinesA380, which dominates the static line. There is also a CRJ in China ExpressAirlines livery, and an AW139 in the livery of Malaysia’s Weststar, which willuse the type to ferry oil workers to and from offshore rigs.
Walked all over the place and could not find the KoreaAerospace Industries T-50, but KAI hasasked me to meet them at it tomorrow at 4pm. Perhaps it just has not arrivedyet. The biggest disappointment was the no-show of the JF-17 and CATIC – this after I wrote a big featureabout China‘s fighter escortprospects.
COMAC, meanwhile, has a big stand. My colleague Mavis haswritten an excellent feature about China’s commercial aerospace ambitions thatis available in the FG Club – which is free to join. India’s HAL has a hugechalet, but when I swung by earlier it was largely empty. Not sure what they are flogging here. With luck I’ll be able to geta meeting with the company’s new chairman. Several big Japanese companies arealso present.
Look forward to seeing how much Asian carriers swell theorder books of the big airframers over the next few days.