Farnborough International Limited, organisers of the Farnborough International Airshow 2006 were pleased to welcome Prime Minister Tony Blair to the Airshow today.
The Prime Minister visited companies throughout the exhibition before meeting groups of Youth Ambassadors as part of a launch for the International Youth Day due to take place tomorrow, Friday 21st July.
The 40 young people met by the Prime Minister will be leading up to 1,250 youths through a programme of events encouraging them to take up careers in the aerospace industry.
After witnessing a flypast by the new double-decker aircraft Airbus A380 and the Red Arrows, the RAF’s aerobatic display team, Prime Minister Blair said, “The flypast was absolutely stunning, the most spectacular thing I have ever seen. The Farnborough show is a magnificent showcase for the British aerospace industry. I am pleased to see that the airshow is back on its feet.”
Farnborough International Limited was able to announce that business orders announced at the show had reached nearly $28bn, by close of play today. This beats the total for the last show in 2004 of $21bn with one business day still remaining. The organisers of the show have announced show dates for the next five shows out to 2016.