STORY: Jets are back in the skies over Farnborough.
The airshow near London alternates with one in Paris as the aerospace industry’s biggest annual event.
But the global health crisis put both shows on pause.
Now Farnborough has returned amid near-record temperatures in the UK.
Boeing is aiming to turn up the heat on rival Airbus too.
On Monday (July 18) it kicked off events by announcing a big order from Delta.
The U.S. airline is taking 100 of its 737 MAX jets, worth over $13 billion at list prices.
Airbus may soon fire back though.
Reuters sources say it’s close to a big order from India’s Jet Airways.
Now the rest of the week may see a flurry of other deal announcements, but maybe not on the scale of past years.
The air travel business is still licking its wounds after two years of lockdowns.
That’s left many airlines short of cash to pay for new jets.
Farnborough is a big event for military aerospace too.
The focus may fall on a UK-Japan tie-up.
Three sources told Reuters last week that the countries would work together to develop next-generation fighter jets.
Opening the show, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the combat aircraft programme would deliver huge industrial and technological benefits.