The first day of the Farnborough International Airshow concluded Monday with Alabama officials, including Governor Robert Bentley, optimistic about the way it went, especially with Airbus.
Governor Bentley told FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip, “It’s really going well…and certainly we want and they know that we want our suppliers for Airbus, to locate in Alabama. The suppliers that will create more jobs really than the parent company.”
He added Alabama is the only state from the U.S. represented by its Governor and two U.S. Senators. Representative Bradley Byrne also made the trip, as well as mayors and business representatives.
The Alabama Department of Commerce released a video about Airbus preparing for takeoff at its aircraft assembly plant in which the CEO of Airbus USA, Allan McArtor praised the business climate in the state. “Alabama to us was the most business friendly state that we could find,” he said.
It’s clear that more business is headed toward Airbus. At Farnborough, the company announced updated versions of another kind of aircraft it builds, and companies that plan to buy them.
The Farnborough International Airshow features 1,500 exhibitors from 40 countries and some 100,000 industry representatives.