3 AUGUST 2020
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Last week should have been the biennial Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), that headlong rush to rural Hampshire to see and talk about the latest in civil aviation. The military take part too.
This year it was not to be, substituted by the world’s first major digital trade event for the aerospace and defence industries. It proved a phenomenal success, delivering a week of top-quality content and heavyweight representation from government and business.
Nearly 14,000 delegates came together virtually from 97 countries. Over five days, 240 representatives including the CEOs of Airbus, Leonardo, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Meggitt and Emirates, contributed to a world-class conference programme broadcast by the Farnborough International News Network (FINN).
FIA Connect was opened by the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, the Secretary of State for Defence.
Speaking about the week, Gareth Rogers CEO of Farnborough International said: “Farnborough has an enduring reputation for technological ingenuity and through FIA Connect our team demonstrated an ingenuity of our own. In just a matter of months, we created an event that enabled the global aerospace industry to have vital conversations at a time it is enduring the biggest challenge in its history.”
“FIA Connect will serve as a landmark event which ensured Farnborough International continued to provide a strategic platform for organisations throughout the world to come together even during a time when we cannot meet in person.”
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