Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is the largest such show of it’s kind in the UK and is globally recognised for showcasing the latest developments in the aviation industry before opening to the general public for a weekend of entertainment.

EIN TV caught up with Head of Airshow Operations at Farnborough International, Ben Gleeson to discover what has changed since the last show in 2016 and what challenges have been encountered in the run up to the show.

Also interviewed were several contractors who explained their involvement in the event.

Interviewees in order of appearance:
Ben Gleeson – Farnborough International
Daniel Perry – Losberger De Boer
Mark Eddy – GES
David Bulley – DBpixelhouse
Matt Blain – D2i Systems
Sophie Linnett – Smart AV
James Hemmings – Freeman

Thanks go to D2i Systems for being the main sponsor of this article.

D2i Systems at Farnborough International Airshow 2018

D2i’s Engage event management platform is the beating heart of the Farnborough Airshow. Engage powers all of the key business functions throughout the two year show cycle giving the CEO, senior directors and teams on the ground complete control of the event’s performance.

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Expo Floors at Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018

Appointed official platform contractor to Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) in 2014, Walsall-based Expo-Floors supplies the event with more than 19,000sq m of raised flooring.

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Formation at Farnborough International Airshow 2018

Brand environment specialist Formation supplied bespoke stands in the exhibition halls for Pattonair, Spaceport Cornwall, where the Virgin Orbit deal was announced, and an ‘office based’ chalet for aviation news source Flightglobal.

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Natural Green Creative Spaces at Farnborough International Airshow 2018

Natural Green Creative Spaces are delighted to have been the official supplier at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow for planting and floral.


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