Farnborough International Air Show

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As airshows go, the Farnborough International Air Show is one of the finest. The Farnborough Air Show is a massive aviation expo and airshow held in England every other year. Second only to EBACE (European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition) or ABACE (Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition), Farnborough is the best place to watch aviation business go down. Its elaborate displays, fancy booths and award-winning air show performances make it an extravagant sight to see.

What is Farnborough?

Similar to EBACE, Farnborough is a hot spot for impressive aviation business deals. Aircraft are bought and sold. Companies showcase their newest engines, aircraft parts, and gadgets. Key industry players are there to make sure they get their hands on the newest technologies and everything else aviation.

One of the best things about Farnborough is the lavish exhibition booths that aviation businesses bring. There are numerous hangars and tents devoted to exhibitors. You might get a close-up shiny new aircraft engines or the tires of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. You'll see company representatives in suits and ties, managing their avant-garde booths. Aviation's finest business owners, manufacturers, and salesmen drink champagne on uber-shiny and modern display stages. And Farnborough is known for its great swag; companies give away the best swag at Farnborough.

Outdoors, thousands show up to watch the excitement of the air show, which features both vintage and modern aircraft demonstrations.

You can expect to see the latest aircraft demonstration flights and some aerobatic performances, as well. Typically, you'll see the intense display of the ​Royal Air Force's Red Arrows along with the newest business jets to hit the market, and even some classic jets. From helicopters to UAVs, business jets to long-haul airliners, there is an aircraft for everyone at Farnborough.

Of course, an air show isn't an air show without food vendors and gift shops, which are also abundant at Farnborough. And event halls and meeting rooms are available for businesses to host functions, conduct meetings and, well, do business.

Tickets:

If you're not attending the Farnborough International Airshow as a business representative, you can still go to the weekend airshow! Tickets are available for trade vendors and the general public. Typically, Monday through Friday is reserved for trade exhibitors while Saturday and Sunday are open to the public for the airshow portion of the event.

  • Trade Visitor passes: GBP 30.00 per person per day if bought ahead of time or GBP 37.00 per person per day if purchased at the gate.

  • Standard Public Entrance Tickets: GBP 35.00 per day if purchased early, or GBP 40.00 per day if purchased at the gate. Grandstand tickets are available in addition to the entrance pass for GBP 13.50 per person per day.

    Multiple ticket packages are available, which include various extras such as multiple day passes, premium flightline seating, parking, food, helicopter rides, etc.

    Children under age 16 are admitted free of charge during the public air show days.

Getting There:

England is especially reliant on public transportation.

When possible, it's best to use it! From the London airports, coach buses, trains and shuttles are readily available. If traveling by train, a free shuttle is provided to and from the Farnborough train stations to the event. Coach service is available from several London area locations directly to the event site, and might cost between GBP 15.00 and GBP 40.00.

If traveling by car, parking is available for free of charge, and shuttles run from the parking areas to the event site.