Farnborough Airshow: 9 cool jets on display

The Lockheed Martin F-35B takes part in a flypast with the Royal Air Forces Red Arrows display team on the opening day of the Farnborough Airshow
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The Farnborough Airshow wraps up this weekend after a number of key highlights including the international debut for both the Boeing 737 Max and the F35 fighter jet.

It's usually also a big battle ground for Boeing and Airbus as they aim to outdo each other on orders. Airbus this year managed to get more orders than Boeing but both planemakers saw a drop versus what they received in the sister airshow in Paris last year.

CNBC takes you through some of the aircraft on display as companies look to impress prospective buyers.


Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing 737 Max
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Boeing's newest aircraft, the 737 Max, was on display to the public for the first time this week at the Farnborough Airshow as the U.S. aerospace giant celebrated its hundredth birthday.

The 737 family is Boeing's most successful aircraft range and the latest Max model - which is due to be delivered in 2017 with launch customer Southwest Airlines - was borne out of the desire for airlines to have more fuel-efficient planes.

So far, the Boeing 737 Max has racked up a total of 3,256 orders. Its rival jet, the Airbus A320neo has around 4,700 orders.

The 737 Max has a new "winglet" added to the wings of the plane which is designed to improve fuel efficiency and its new interior design concept, the Boeing Sky Interior, adds softer lighting, greater legroom and bigger cabin bins.


Lockheed Martin F35

A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter during a demonstration flight at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.
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Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter touched down in the U.K. for the first time this week after issues with the jet delayed its appearance at Farnborough two years ago.

Cost overruns plagued development of the plane and in 2013, U.S. government figures estimated development and procurement of the airplane would hit $400 billion, almost doubling original figures and making it the costliest weapons program ever.

Britain has said it will eventually buy 138 of the aircraft, which are described by the British government as the next step in warplane technology.


Boeing P-8 Poseidon

A Boeing P-8 Poseidon military aircraft on display at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.
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The Boeing P-8 Poseidon is a maritime patrol aircraft.

At Farnborough, the U.K. government signed a contract for nine new P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft for the Royal Air Force.

Boeing also said it plans to build a new £100 million ($133.5 million) facility for the P-8A Poseidon military aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray.


Airbus A380

An Airbus A380 aircraft performs during a flying display at the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London, on July 14, 2016.
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The French aerospace giant's superjumbo was on display at Farnborough but bad news tainted its appearance.

Airbus said it was cutting the delivery target for the A380 to 12 a year from 2018, down from 27 in 2015.

The move was partly a reflection of the fact that airlines are opting for smaller more fuel-efficient jets.


Boeing 787 Dreamliner

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet airliner at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.
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Boeing's jumbo 787 Dreamliner was introduced into service in 2011 and it has continued to enjoy success.

Low-cost Chinese carrier Ruili Airlines announced it was buying six 787-9 Dreamliners this week in a deal valued at $1.59 billion at current list prices.


Eurofighter Typhoon

A Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet performs a flying display on the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2016.
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The fighter jet was introduced in 2003 by the four nations behind the Eurofighter project – Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The Eurofighter Typhoon has a number of use cases currently including close-air support in Syria and air policing in the Baltics.


Antonov An-178

An Antonov Co. An 178 aircraft performs a flying display on the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2016
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The Antonov An-178 was another jet debuting at Farnborough.

It's a twin-jet aircraft made for carrying cargo and it is built by a Ukrainian firm called Antonov.

Azerbaijani cargo carrier Silkway Airlines is the jet's launch customer and deliveries are expected in 2018. Antonov is hoping to broaden the aircraft's international appeal by displaying at Farnborough.


Airbus A400M Atlas

An Airbus A400M Atlas four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft on display at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow.
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Airbus's military transport aircraft made an appearance at Farnborough but it was overshadowed by the continuing problems with the plane.

The issues related to the engine and fuselage which Airbus is trying to work on.


Airbus A350

An Airbus A350 aircraft lands following a flying display on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2016.
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The Airbus A350 was perhaps the star of the show after it performed a near-vertical takeoff which impressed the attendees.

But the jet also found favor among customers. Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic agreed to buy 12 of the A350-1000s, the largest version of the A350 model.