Farnborough Airshow: Six aircraft that are grabbing attention

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Farnborough Airshow: Six aircraft that are grabbing attention

Spectators sit on deckchairs while watching the flying display program on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018 in Farnborough, U.K., on Monday, July 16, 2018. The air show, a biannual showcase for the aviation industry, runs until July 22. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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The 2018 Farnborough International Airshow has exhibited the latest in military hardware, commercial aircraft, flying cars and space technology.

It's also a big battle ground for aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus as they aim to win new customers. So far, Boeing has managed to get more orders than Airbus, but both planemakers have enjoyed a healthy stream of business.

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

  • Airbus A220-300

    Airbus came to Farnborough armed with its new A220-300 plane, specifically designed for the 130-160 seat market.

    The plane was formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries before the Canadian company sold its controlling stake in the program to Airbus.

    At Farnborough, the founder of Jet Blue, David Neeleman, spent $5.5 billion on 60 of the planes to help launch his U.S. start-up airline.

    An Airbus A220-300 aircraft, a new brand for the CSeries passenger jet acquired from Canada's Bombardier, flies during its unveiling in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, July 10, 2018.
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  • Embraer E190-E2

    Brazilian planemaker Embraer recently gave up a controlling stake in its commercial aircraft division to Boeing.

    Its E190-E2 is seen as a rival to the Airbus A220-300 in the battle within the small jetliner market.

    Due to better-than-expected fuel burn during tests in January, Embraer has increased the aircraft’s range to 2,880 nautical miles. The plane arrived in Farnborough sporting a hugely aggressive shark face.

    An Embraer SA E190-E2 passenger aircraft stands on display on day two of the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018 in Farnborough, U.K., on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. 
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  • Aston Martin’s Volante Vision

    British sports carmaker Aston Martin has joined the likes of Uber, Airbus and Rolls-Royce in a bid to build a short-hop flying vehicle.

    The Volante Vision concept debuted at Farnborough and is pitched as a three-seat luxury vehicle. It is designed for vertical take-off and landing and is being developed with the help of Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Rolls-Royce.

    The Aston-Martin Volonte concept plane  at the Farnborough Airshow, on 16th July 2018, in Farnborough, England. 
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  • The Tempest fighter jet

    This new RAF fighter jet is being developed in a joint venture by Rolls Royce, MBDA, BAE Systems and Italian firm Leonardo.

    It was announced by U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson on Monday with a mock-up placed behind him.

    The jet is to receive an initial £2 billion worth of development money and is seen as being key to maintaining the U.K.’s “control of the air,” Williamson said. It will eventually replace the Eurofighter Typhoon.

    A man makes final checks prior to the unveiling of a model of a new fighter jet, a part of Team Tempest.
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  • Airlander 10 airship

    U.K. firm Hybrid Air Vehicles has used Farnborough to unveil a “luxury” passenger cabin for the world’s largest aircraft, the Airlander 10.

    The cabin is 151 feet long and the British manufacturer said up to 19 passengers will be able to take part in three-day expeditions.

    The aircraft has had teething issues, including a crash during a test flight in August 2016.

    A concept image of the Airlander 10 which is made by Hybrid Air Vehicles.
    Hybrid Air Vehicles
  • Boeing 737 MAX

    Boeing’s 737 MAX has left a big mark on the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, with the aircraft once again proving a best seller.

    The mid-sized airliner, which is lauded for its fuel efficiency, has racked up more than 400 orders and intents to buy. Boeing says the 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in its history.

    Spectators watch a Boeing Co. 737 Max 7 jetliner land on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2018 in Farnborough, U.K., July 16, 2018.
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