Rainborough

Although Farnborough is mainly known as a commercial and defence show, business aviation companies do also exhibit.

This year saw the first public appearance of the Gulfstream G500. The company went to the show en masse, also sending a G280, G450 and G650ER.

Dassault sent a Falcon 2000LX and a Falcon 7X. Embraer sent a Legacy 500 as well as an E135 that JetSuite are using for scheduled JetSuiteX services in the US. Honda sent a HondaJet.

It wasn’t just manufacturers that displayed aircraft. Qatar Executive sent an Airbus A319 configured with an executive interior, and their latest delivered Gulfstream G650ER.

News however was thin on the ground.

The show started with an order from Qatar Executive for three further G650ERs. The company is transitioning to an almost all Gulfstream fleet, with the current Bombardier Global aircraft being phased out, and the Challenger’s converted for air ambulance roles.

Honda got the FAA production certificate for the HondaJet, which means they can ramp up production and quickly add to the 13 or so currently flying.

Boeing finally launched the BBJ MAX 7. The BBJ MAX 8 was officially launched in April 2014 with an order from an undisclosed customer, and the MAX 9 followed a year later with an order secured from a European customer.

The baseline BBJ1, based on the 737-700, was the biggest selling of the BBJ family, and the BBJ MAX 7 will effectively be the aircraft that replaces it.

Embraer appointed Japan Aerospace Corporation as its sales representative in Japan. Although there aren’t currently any Embraer business jets in the country, Japan does have a number of CRJs, as well as the beautifully colourful Fuji Dream E-Jets flying around.

And that was pretty much that.  Apart from the rain of course.

Alud Davies
By Alud Davies July 15, 2016 15:25

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