Foreign participation at the Farnborough International Airshow is at its strongest with new national pavilions from China, Brazil and Austria, strong US participation and returning national pavilions form all four corners of the globe. With confirmation that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be making one of its first appearances outside the US at the show this summer, further participation from the nine nations involved in the development of the jet is expected.
With less than six months before the start of the show which takes place from 11th – 17th July 2016, the exhibition space is now over 90% sold, with only limited exhibitor opportunities available.
Over 20 nations will be hosting pavilions at the show from Europe, the US, Canada, South America, Russia and the Far East. As well as a Korean and Japanese pavilion, the show will also welcome for the first time a Chinese pavilion providing companies such as AVIC, COMAC, Aviage Systems and other Chinese supply chain companies the opportunity to promote China’s growing aerospace industry.
Strong international attendance is also expected via the Civil and Military delegations programme. The team is in discussion with all key emerging markets including the Middle East, North and South America, India, Australia and Europe and is working with all FIA exhibitors regarding engagement with the RAF and the UK MoD. The Civil and Commercial programme is also ahead of the game with five delegations already confirmed from the UK, Italy, Serbia and the Middle East.
Speaking about the show’s international participation, FIL’s Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer said, "National pavilions are an excellent opportunity for aerospace companies to participate at the show alongside their tier one and tier two counter parts. They serve to develop business relationships across borders and we’re delighted that they choose the Farnborough International Airshow to do this."
Commenting about the forthcoming show, she further added, "We’re really excited at how FIA16 is shaping up. With just a few months to go now, our exhibitors are busy planning their participation at the show. We’re delighted to see the F-35 at the show which will be the first opportunity for those involved with the programme to showcase their contribution. The Space Zone is also looking really exciting and we expect to see lots of future aerospace technologies on display in the Innovation Zone. The seminar and event programme is also building as is the civil and military delegations programme. As we move closer to the show we look forward to announcing more features and attractions."
The show will also coincide with Boeing’s Centennial celebrations on Friday 15th July 2016. While full details are still to be under wraps, FIA will form a core part of the aircraft manufacturer’s 100 year anniversary.