"The best Farnborough air show in Airbus history."

&—CEO Fabrice Bregier. Airbus announced firm orders for 358 jets at the show and launched the reengined A330neo.


“We’ll deliver more 737s this year than we did across all our programs in 2011.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner.


“We have orders and commitments for more than 3,000 engines [in 2014], and it is still only July.”

CFM International President and CEO Jean-Paul Ebanga. The engine consortium signed contracts worth $21.4 billion at Farnborough.


“If I were a betting woman, I would say the odds just got better.”

—U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, expressing hopes on the first day of Farnborough that the F-35B would fly at the show. It did not.


“If we had the costs on our programs that our competitors have, the Swedish national debt would be 70% higher.”

Saab Group President and CEO Hakan Bushke.


“That concern seems to be really prevalent in the investment community, but not
in the supplier community.”

Rockwell Collins CEO Kelly Ortberg, on the possibility of a commercial aircraft order bubble.


“We intend to take all 10 of the [ordered] A380s, but only if they meet all of our standards, specifications and requirements.”

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, who made a last-minute decision not to bring an Airbus A380 to Farnborough because Qatar was not satisfied with cabin quality.


“We haven’t had this much activity going on in military engines for a couple of decades.”

—Jean Lydon-Rodgers, VP and general manager of GE Aviation’s military systems.


“Additive manufacturing has taken the shackles off the engineering community and has given them a clean canvas.”

GE Aviation President David Joyce, unveiling plans to develop the first large, dedicated additive manufacturing facility for jet engine parts in Auburn, Alabama.


“Whenever the U.S. government wants to upgrade its F-16s, we’re going to make ourselves available to provide a competitive alternative” to Lockheed Martin.

—Jack Bean, general manager of BAE Systems’ Global Fighter Programs business. He forecasts the F-16 upgrade market will be worth $10 billion over the coming decade.


“All we’re asking is to have a competition.”

Airbus Military UK CEO Richard Thompson, who says he is trying to “bust the myth” that Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon is the only solution to Britain’s lack of a maritime patrol aircraft. Airbus is proposing a version of its C295MPA.


Star of the Show

The Boeing 787-9 performed near-vertical climbs during its air display


By the Numbers

Trade visitors to the air show during the week of July 14.


Value, in billions of U.S. dollars, of civil airframe orders and commitments announced during the show.


Number of commercial engine units ordered or commitments made at the show, valued at $34.5 billion.


Number of new orders Boeing won at Farnborough, compared with 358 for Airbus, including finalization of a previously announced order from Qatar Airways for 50 777-9Xs.


Number of orders for the A380. Airbus says it will make a decision in 2015 on whether to reengine the jet.



Years since Airbus first proposed the A330neo, which was launched at the show.



Number of days the F-35 fleet was grounded, forcing the fighter to miss its Farnborough debut.


Number of people that Raytheon was scheduled to meet with at the show, representing delegations from more than 30 countries.


Number of 70-130-seat jets that Embraer projects will be delivered over the next 20 years.