We compiled some of our favorite quotes from the Farnborough air show for this week’s Aviation Week & Space Technology:
“The aircraft goes beyond 2g—which is well within what it is designed to take. I can't say the same thing about the passengers .”
— Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief test pilot Mike Carriker on the 787's flying display
“LauncherOne will go around the world in 80 min. It's actually 90 min., but I thought that sounded better.”
— Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, unveiling the new LauncherOne smallsat system
“There will be a 319NEO for all those people that don't want to buy the CSeries.”
— John Leahy, Airbus's chief salesman
“ We were expecting a Chinese buyer, but not this one.”
— Embraer CEO Frederico Fleury Curado on Superior Aviation Beijing's move to acquire Hawker Beechcraft
“I barely escaped with my life.”
— Boeing CEO Jim McNerney on meeting with Emirates President Tim Clark, who is pushing for a next-generation 777
“It was designed a little bit like Russian roulette—except they put a bullet in every chamber.”
— Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson on “sequestration”–the across-the-board budget cuts that will occur if the U.S. Congress cannot agree on a new deficit reduction package.
•“ I made some skeptical comments about the 737 MAX, but in the last six months there have been some very significant changes made by Boeingand CFM.”Air Lease Corp. CEO Steven Udvar-Hazy
“The U.K. said that it was open to competition, but so far we have not seen any.”
— Raytheon 's Missile Systems President Taylor Lawrence on the U.K. 's sole-source awards of several weapons contracts.
“If it were not for (Airbus President and CEO) Tom Enders, we would still be giving PowerPoint presentations about what we could do.”
— Airbus Americas Chairman T. Allan McArtor
You can also read Amy Butler’s blog on Ares for more quotes that didn’t make the print edition here.