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Boeing Badly Needs a Win at First Big Air Show After Lockdowns

  • US planemaker will look to beat rival Airbus on orders
  • Healthy backlog at Airbus means less pressure to net new deals
An Airbus SE A350-1000 lands on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow in 2018.

An Airbus SE A350-1000 lands on the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow in 2018.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

As the aerospace world gathers in southern England next week for the first major commercial show since 2019, the stakes are particularly high for one half of the global planemaking duopoly.

As ever, the spotlight at the Farnborough International Airshow will focus on the battle between Airbus SE and Boeing Co. for orders, with rapid-fire, often last-minute announcements providing reassuring parallels to the pre-Covid trade expos that alternate between London and Paris. But never before has the contest been skewed so far in Airbus’s favor.