A number of state and local public officials are on their way to England to attend the Farnborough International Airshow where they will try to attract new business to Alabama and Mobile.
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, City Councilmen C.J. Small and Fred Richardson, and County Commissioner Connie Hudson are among the elected officials making the trip. Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield will also attend.
This will be the first air show since Airbus and Canadian firm Bombardier received regulatory approval for a new production line in Mobile that will produce the C-series jets, now renamed the A220. Local economic developers say the new partnership should spark more interest in the Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex.
“There’s certainly that much more interest in this burgeoning aerospace cluster here in Mobile,” said Bill Sisson, CEO of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s certainly a good thing and it’s coming at a good time as Airbus continues to grow. So, it just adds that much more excitement.”
Mobile has always sent a large delegation to the International Airshow since Airbus began competing for the Air Force refueling jet contract more than a decade ago. The international airshow rotates between Paris and Farnborough. Even years are in England. Odd years are in France.