Round-up: Aviation industry finds British clouds and Brexit silver linings at the Farnborough Airshow

Despite both torrential downpours and dampening demand for big aircraft, the Farnborough International Airshow 2016 wasn’t a washout. It’s the aviation industry’s biggest expo and where some of the industry’s biggest deals get done. Thanks to the typical British summer deluge, the show’s activities were grounded for a day due to flooding and electrical failures.

The weather wasn’t the only British issue on the minds of chief executives a the show, and Bloomberg’s reporters and photographers braved the downpour to hear their views about Brexit.

Here are a few highlights, and you can revisit Bloomberg’s full digital coverage of the show, which was sponsored by Airbus.


Other than in foreign exchange, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker told Bloomberg TV that the airline is “not affected” by Brexit. “We still have the passenger numbers; we still see passengers travelling in and out of Europe,” he said. He is pictured (right) with Mark L Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation at General Dynamics Corp. Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Watch: Qatar Airways CEO on Brexit Vote’s Impact on Business


With Brexit, “we, like you, will adapt to the change. I don’t think it’s cataclysmic,” GE Aviation Chief Executive Officer David Joyce told Bloomberg TV’s Guy Johnson. Photo: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Watch: GE Aviation’s Joyce Says Brexit ‘Isn’t Cataclysmic’


“We’ve been in the U.K. for 75 years… we don’t see our plans changing,” Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg told Guy Johnson on Bloomberg TV. He’s pictured (right) with Raytheon International’s CEO John Harris. Photo: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Watch: Boeing CEO: Don’t See Brexit Affecting Long-Term Plans


An Embraer SA E190-E2 aircraft sits under heavy clouds at the Farnborough International Airshow 2016. Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Read: Air-Show Pop Fizzles as Airbus, Boeing Orders at Six-Year Low

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