2010: A review of the year’s airshows around the world

2010 saw the Flightglobal team cover airshows across three continents. Here’s a review of this year’s airshows.


The biennial Singapore airshow kicked off the year and we used the show to premiere our new interactive version of our show news, Flight Daily News. It was a quiet show but there was one decent order, and that came from Hong Kong Airlines for six A330-200 aircraft. Boeing was also examining extending the 737′s nosegear in order to accommodate new engines, but that re-engined 737 has not come to fruition yet.

  • Catch up on the Singapore show here.


At Europe’s largest business aviation show, Hawker Beechcraft announced it was planning a single-engined turboprop, Gulfstream said its G650 achieved M.925 cruise, and Middle Eastern airlines continued to buck the trend by taking on business jets for new ventures.

  • More from EBACE here.


EK A380 order ILA.gifThe German airshow’s big headline was from a non-German airline looking, likely, to make more inroads in Germany: Emirates announced an order for 32 more A380 aircraft, bringing its order for the type to 90.

The order was announced in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right), whose nation is one of the key partners in Airbus. With Emirates agitating for more flights into Germany, we say the order at ILA was no coincidence.

  • Read more articles and see photos and video from ILA here.


boeing-787-dreamliner-and-spitfires.jpg.560x448.jpgThe year’s largest airshow featured the international premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. See here for photos of the aircraft’s Spitfire-accompanied flypast on departure (video of the departure here).

Some other highlights included: Russia’s Irkut giving details of its MS-21 aircraft and unveiling a cabin interior mock-up, and Virgin America signing an MoU for up to 60 A320 aircraft.

At the show we premiered our new show website pages. See here for more information.

  • Also see here for more news, photos, video, digital editions, and more from Farnborough.


Oshkosh DC-3.gifThe annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show quickly followed Farnborough and brought a whole different scope of memories, the foremost of which was the presence of more than 23 DC-3/C-47 aircraft.

Also at the show Cessna unveiled the High Sierra and Sikorsky unveiled its Firefly electric helicopter.

  • More from Oshkosh here.

Legacy 650 NBAA.gifAt the 63rd National Business Aviation Associaton Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, Embraer’s Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000 made their show debut. NetJets headlined the show with an order for up to 125 Phenom 300s, although some predicted large cabin jets would drive the business aviation recovery.

Elsewhere during the show, Cessna initiated a makeover of its flagship Citation jet, Embraer said it wants to enter the ultra long-range wide-cabin business jet market, and the Boeing Business Jet received its first certification for eXConnect

  • Read more from NBAA here.


China Eastern C919.jpgThe biennial Chinese airshow had lots of newsworthy items about the country’s indigenous aircraft. Comac unveiled a C919 interior mock-up, announced the aircraft’s first orders from six companies, and also let its ARJ21 test interior be seen for the first time.

There were also a number of indigenous UAVs, including mock-ups, on display. See here for a video tour of some of them.

  • More from Airshow China here.


The biennial Middle East Business Aviation show in Dubai brought headlines in a range of sizes. Airbus announced it was preparing to deliver its first A380 for a VIP customer, Egypt’s Spot Air outlined its growth plans, and the Middle East’s first business aviation airport opened.

  • There’s more news from MEBA here.

Well that was it for 2010. Enjoy what remains of the year and look forward to our coverage next year of some of the big shows including Aero India, Asian Aerospace, the Paris Airshow, Oshkosh, NBAA, and Dubai.


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