All the Planes You Need to See from the 2016 Farnborough Air Show
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The Farnborough Air Show is a week-long display of all the latest and greatest in commercial and military aviation. The Show is held every two years at Farnborough Airport just outside London. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig was on site checking out all the show had to offer. Here’s a recap of the top stories from the show:
Follow former UK Prime Minister David Cameron around the Farnborough Air Show. Mr. Cameron spent a lot of his time at the Boeing booth, following his announcement that the aircraft manufacturer would bring 2,000 jobs to the UK.
The Boeing 737 may not be the most glamorous plane in the skies, but it is the world’s most popular passenger jet. Take a look at the newest iteration of the 737, the 737 MAX, which made its debut at Farnborough.
Regional jets usually don’t get flyers too excited, but that could change with Embraer’s next-generation regional jet, called the E2. The new jets are expected to enter commercial service in 2018.
Airlines have been having a harder time finding pilots to fly regional jets, which leaves a perfect opening for Bombardier’s new CSeries jet, which is a bit larger than a typical regional jet. There’s already one flying for Swiss — check it out here.
Lockheed Martin’s F-35 II fighter jet is grossly over budget and under-performing, but it sure does look awesome. Check out a video of the jet showing off some of its coolest tricks at Farnborough.
Get an inside look at Qatar’s business-class only Airbus A319. The aircraft used to operate scheduled commercial flights between Doha and London, but today is used almost exclusively for charter flights.
Check out the inside of a Gulfstream G650, the fastest and most luxurious business jet in existence. The cabin is beautifully appointed and contains all of the latest technology. But all this opulence will cost you — $66 million to be exact.
Qatar Airways operates a fleet of exclusive jets as part of the airline’s Executive Fleet for passengers who demand more than the airline can provide in a commercial flight. The Gulfstream G650 is one member of the Executive Fleet and certainly delivers an exclusive, luxurious experience for the most discerning of passengers.
Honda has designed a jet with “affordability” in mind. With a price tag of $4.5 million, the HondaJet is a relatively inexpensive private jet with a range of just under 1,400 miles.
With airlines squeezing more and more seats onto aircraft, it’s important to know what kind of room you’ll have on your next flight. Check out this guide to understanding seat pitch in economy cabins.
See below for more from Farnborough 2016:
- Bumping into British PM David Cameron at the Farnborough Air Show
- Tour Boeing’s Brand New 737 MAX, Launching with Southwest in 2017
- Inside the E2, Embraer’s Next-Gen Regional Jet
- Touring the Bombardier CSeries Jet, Now Flying with Swiss
- Watch an F-35 Fighter Jet Hover at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show
- Check Out Qatar’s All-Business-Class Airbus A319 Jet
- Inside the Gulfstream G650, One of the World’s Fastest Business Jets
- Explore Qatar Airways’ Incredible Gulfstream G650 Private Jet
- Take a Look Inside Honda’s $4.5 Million Private Jet
- Comparing Economy Seat Pitch, from 29 to 34 Inches