PM pledges support to aviation industryBy Tim Harris
July 10, 2012
PRIME Minister David Cameron officially opened the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow on Monday.
Mr Cameron took the opportunity to praise UK aerospace and pledged government support for future development and expansion of the industry.
He said: “From this government you will see nothing less than an unstinting, unrelenting, unflagging commitment to making Britain the best place in the world for aerospace businesses to invest, design, manufacture and export.”
Eyes were on the skies as the world's only flying Avro Vulcan opened the flying displays at the 48th airshow, along with the Red Arrows, in a showcase all-British flying performance.
It has been revealed this could be the last show for the historic Vulcan, with talk of the aircraft's flying retirement.
Mr Cameron was joined for the opening of the by an international business audience, including 83 trade and military delegations from more than 43 countries.
Monday was the first of five trade days, and the Farnborough Airshow will host a series of conferences throughout the week on UK aerospace, aviation and defence.
More than 120,000 trade visitors are expected the attend throughout the week of trade shows before the public flying displays get underway on Saturday and Sunday.