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Farnborough lifts off with £35bn orders

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IT WASN’T only the latest jets that were soaring at the start of the Farnborough International Airshow — aerospace deals worth £35billion also took off.

The orders placed for 311 civil aircraft on Monday doubled the £17.4billion achieved on the first day of the event in 2016. Airbus announced a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan’s Starlux Airlines for a dozen A350-1000s and five A350-900s and a deal with Oman carrier SalamAir for six new jets.

The European plane maker also reached a similar understanding with an unidentified leasing firm for 80 aircraft. US manufacturer Boeing received a £3.5billion order from DHL for 14 of its 777 range of freighters and purchase rights for seven others.

Leasing company Jackson Square Aviation ordered 30 737 MAX aircraft in a £2.6billion deal.

Show boss Gareth Rogers said: ‘We’ve seen an incredibly strong start to the air show which is the biggest event of this size hosted in the UK, and this year hosts its most international attendance ever with nearly 100 countries represented.’

Spell checkout helps Argos online shoppers

ONLINE shoppers know what they want — but not necessarily how to spell it. Some of the items customers have searched the Argos website for include vacume cleaners, barbacues and threadmills. Others interested in hi-tech gadgets have looked for fitnits and ipones. An Argos spokeswoman said: ‘We can’t all spell perfectly, and the Argos website almost always correctly guesses what you’re trying to find, regardless of whether you’ve made a mistake. Whether you want an aiphone, ipone, ifone or ipond, we’ve got everything you need.’

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■ OWNERS spend an average of £131 each making sure their pets are looked after while they go on holiday, figures show. While one in four relies on kennels and catteries, a growing number are splashing out on more expensive options such as house sitters or luxury boarding, a GoCompare Pet Insurance poll found.

■ GRANDAD David Sephton has made an app for Brits who struggle to order food abroad. The computer programmer, 88, has created Tick-Tack BonApp that gives an English description of 4,000 dishes. ‘You will not have to spend your holiday living on pizza and cappuccino,’ said Mr Sephton, from Essex. BonApp costs 75p on the Google Play Store.

■ A DISTILLERY that was mothballed in 1983 after more than 160 years is to start producing whisky again. The Brora Distillery, in Sutherland in the Highlands, will be revived as part of a £35million programme by drink giants Diageo. Single malt production should resume in 2020. The move could inject millions of pounds into the local economy. The Port Ellen Distillery in Islay, which also closed in 1983, will also re-open under the investment plans.