• F-35 ABSENT FROM FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW

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    FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom: The Farnborough airshow opens on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) with the non-appearance of the stricken US-built F-35 fighter jet overshadowing the traditional battle for plane orders between titans Airbus and Boeing. The F-35 stealth, whose entire fleet was grounded in the United States last week because of an engine fire, will not appear as planned on the airshow’s first day but may still take part at the end of the week, organizers said. The key biennial event in the aviation sector calendar held south-west of London will see European planemaker Airbus and its US rival Boeing look to build on robust sales of passenger planes. Industry experts said Airbus could very likely use the event to launch an upgrade of its long-haul A330 jet— the A330neo—boasting more fuel-efficient engines.

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    AFP

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