Quest Quips

blog devoted to CNN International Business anchor, Richard Quest, who looks like a cross between Roger Daltry and a Muppet. You have to see him to believe him...

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Monday, September 16, 2002
 
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No. It's Richard at the Airshow


Richard covered the Farnborough Airshow for CNN on July 22, 2002. As usual, he was up to his wacky ways.


He reported

Although they seem to be running pretty much according to plan. Now, the big thing here at Farnborough, as always, has been the battle between Boeing from the United States, Airbus, all the various defense companies, and the huge sums of money that are being spent.


September the 11th had an effect. What we are seeing is much more money being spent on defense and many more companies actually more involved in the defense industry.

Now we've had enormous displays. Very loud, very noisy. You are rather lucky.


You missed the worst of the noise, but I did promise you guys, you may pay attention here, you know how things have been a bit tight at AOL Time Warner. I'm not saying anything. I'm not saying anything. I'm just saying...

HARRIS: : You have noticed?


QUEST: ... things have been a little bit tight.


KAGEN: That's not the planes going down. It's the stock price.


QUEST: I have. So those are the planes that cost you many -- no, but we have the CNN plane that we brought along.

[Richard pulls out and displays a toy model plane]

KAGEN: That's the company plane, Richard?

QUEST: : Let me tell you -- that's the company plane. That's the one that the execs now go around in. That is our news gathering plane. And let me tell you, when it comes to getting out and about, we know how to beat those other lesser broadcasters. Unfortunately, they won't let us run it down the runway.

HARRIS: That's because our extension cord probably isn't long enough.

QUEST: ...well, we haven't paid the electricity bill for it.