Farnborough International Airshow 2014 – Tuesday Highlights

The second day at Farnborough International Airshow promises to be just as successful as the first. Today is a big day for Boeing as the P-8 Poseidon gets airborne in front of an international crowd for the first time in the UK.

News

  • The MoD and Agusta Westland have confirmed that the upgraded Merlin HM2 has entered service four months ahead of schedule.
  • Martin Baker has signed a deal to supply the Turkish Air Force’s Hurkus B turbo-prop trainers with the Mk T16~N ejection seat.
  • Boeing has so far received: 490 787-8 aircraft, 409 787-9 aircraft and 132 787-10 aircraft.
  • Air Asia X are to order 50 Airbus A330neo aircraft.
  • Boeing reveals key elements of their new 777X; the newest twin-aisle long-haul aircraft. Advances include a cabin altitude of 6000 ft, windows 15% larger than the competition, all new interior design, a cabin that is 16 inches wider than the competition, next generation LED lighting and lower cabin noise. Production on over 300 orders begins in 2017 with initial delivery targeted for 2020.
  • UPDATE: The Lockheed Martin F-35A/B/C models have all been cleared to fly but Lockheed Martin and the DoD have made the decision not to send the aircraft to the UK. Big blow for the UK and for Lockheed Martin considering an order is yet to be signed – with the cabinet reshuffle, just how committed is the UK to the Joint Strike Fighter Programme?

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