August 01, 2012
In today’s economy, any good news is welcome. For the aerospace industry, the news from the recent 2012 Farnborough International Airshow was very good indeed.
After a slow start, the show posted a near-record tally for commercial and military aircraft sales. Over 800 aircraft were sold in and around the show—with 500 firm orders and 300 options and conditional sales. Organizers of the show reported aircraft sales worth $72 billion dollars—close to the 2008 peak of $88 billion, and way up from the 2010 show when aircraft sales hit $47 billion dollars.
For Electralloy, a G.O. Carlson company and a leading supplier of high-quality standard and custom-melt alloys used in a variety of aerospace applications, the surge in aircraft sales was a pleasant surprise.
The company was represented at the show by Tracy Rudolph, President and COO, Wayne Weaver, VP Sales, Jack Simmons, Manager of Marketing and Product Development and Terry Ender, GOC Europe Ltd. Throughout the show, the Electralloy team met with many prospects as well as current domestic and international customers who supply aerospace components made from Electralloy material. Master alloy forgings and machined parts made from Electralloy melted master alloy and bar can be found throughout the aerospace supply chain.
One of the biggest hits of the show was the flight of the spectacular new Boeing 787 Dreamliner delivered to Qatar Airways. Electralloy has numerous materials on the Boeing 787 including materials in the flap track, wing boxes and other structural components. Click here to watch a video of this remarkable airplane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmqLsEhoOzY
During this year’s show, Boeing sold 427 aircraft, compared with 123 for Airbus. It was a turnaround from Paris last summer when Airbus outsold Boeing 910 aircraft to 141.
Boeing's biggest day at Farnborough was Thursday—the last business day of the show—when the company announced a 150-plane deal to United Airlines. This sale involves one hundred 737 MAX aircraft and fifty 737-900ER long-range narrow-bodies.
The Farnborough Airshow is one of the world’s most important aviation events.
This year’s show featured:
- 120,000 trade show visitors
- 1,816 international media representatives
- 70 delegations from 44 countries
- 107,498 sqm of sold exhibition space
- 152 aircraft presented in static displays and flying displays