A Malaysian Airlines Airbus A380 takes part in a flying display at the Farnborough International Airshow.
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Business Bites: Air industry executives descend on Farnborough

Aerospace and defence industry executives from around the world are attending the Farnborough Airshow in the UK this week.

Analysts say some 15-20% of each year's total commercial aircraft orders are typically announced in just a single week at the Farnborough and Le Bourget airshows, so orders placed here are seen as a good indicator of the overall state of the air industry.

Boeing has already announced an order worth $7.2bn (£4.6bn; 5.9bn euros) for 75 of its forthcoming fuel-saving 737 Max planes from Air Lease Corporation.

But how will more defence-orientated air businesses fare as governments around the world make cuts to their defence budgets?

The BBC's Philip Hampsheir discusses one of the key financial stories of the day.

  • 10 Jul 2012