Airbus and Boeing widebody rivals took to the skies above Farnborough this week for the first time in more than 30 years, but the US participant was forced to curtail its display by show organisers.
The A350 flew Airbus’s usual impressive aerial display, which included some tight turns and slow flypasts. Boeing’s 787-9’s routine was similar to previous Dreamliner air-show displays, and initially included an impressive touch-and-go followed by a steep, climbing turn.
But Boeing had to remove this manoeuvre from the routine following Monday’s show after Farnborough’s flying control committee deemed it inappropriate for the display.
Boeing is at a loss to explain why this request came despite the manoeuvre having initially been approved during two display-validation flights flown at Farnborough shortly before the show began.