Farnborough International Airshow sales go on but F-35 is barred from flying

Farnborough International Airshow continues to pull multibillion dollar deals (Source: AFP/Getty Images)
The second day of the Farnborough International Airshow saw further multi-billion sales. But there was bad news as the Pentagon ruled out flying over the F-35 to the show.

Airbus continued to pull in deals, as Dublin-based SMBC Aviation Capital ordered 115 A320 planes, worth about $11.8bn (£6.9bn), and BOC aviation, the Singapore based leasing subsidiary of the Bank of China, made an order for 43 A320 planes, valued at around $4.1bn.

Further Airbus orders included five A321neo and 15 A330neo by CIT Group in a deal worth $4.7bn, while Dublin based Avalon ordered 15 A330neo planes valued at $4.1bn, and AirAsia ordered 50 A330neo for around $13.8bn.

Boeing, meanwhile, saw more sales for its new Dreamliner plane, as CIT Group ordered 10 787-9 Dreamliners valued at $2.5bn.

Additional Boeing deals included 20 737 Max 8 planes and six 777-300ER planes ordered by Air Lease Corporation at a value of $3.9bn, and an order for six 777-300 ER planes by leasing company Intrepid Aviation for around $1.9bn.

BAE Systems also announced a deal with Boeing to provide electronics for the 777X flight control system. BAE was also awarded a £72m contract with the Ministry of Defence to test the Escan radar system for Typhoon jets.

Meanwhile the absent star of the show, the F-35B Lightning II, which was due to appear on Monday, will not appear this week, as the US military banned even limited flights for the planes, The issues arose after an engine fire struck a plane in June, causing the entire F-35 fleet to be grounded.

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