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Biggest sales haul in five years at 2018 Farnborough Airshow

Farnborough airport.The recently concluded Farnborough International Airshow generated an impressive number of orders and other purchase commitments (options, letters of intent, Memoranda of Understanding, etc.) for the world’s commercial aircraft manufacturers. Aircraft orders and commitments totaled more than 1,400, outpacing recent Farnborough shows and even the last two Paris Air Shows (2017 and 2015). One would have to go back to the 2013 Paris show to find a bigger sales haul at an international air show.

   

Europe still shopping for fighters

A Rafale.Slovakia has just opted for14 F-16V fighters to replace its decaying Mig-29s, and according to Theresboiu.ro, the Defense Minister Mihai Fifor announced that it plans to purchase 5 additional F-16 fighter jets from Portugal to progressively replace part of the aging Russian MiG-21 fleet.

   

Factbox: Airbus and Boeing aircraft deals at Farnborough Airshow

A A380 flies past a Boeing flag.Following is a summary of commercial aircraft deals announced by Airbus and Boeing at the Farnborough Airshow in southern England.

   

In U.S. prisons, tablets open window to the outside world

A prisoner in the US uses a tablet.Marvin Worthy, confined to a New Jersey state prison since 2004, cannot watch his son play basketball or visit him in college. But for the past three years, a tablet computer has kept their relationship alive.
   

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