Aerospace companies and business leaders have been coming to the Farnborough International Airshow in England to do a few things – look up at the latest and greatest in aviation, and on the ground to cut deals.
And for years Mobile representatives have been attending the international airshow but this time, the Port City has an operational Airbus plant online.
“You know it’s just a different dynamic, you know it made it easier, because when you’re introduced as the mayor of Mobile, most of these suppliers know who you are and what you’re doing,” said Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.
Stimpson returned Friday from the trip. He told us the Airbus’ leadership had great things to say about the city.
“Allan McArtor spoke, and anybody that was there that didn’t know why they chose Mobile; and didn’t know the experience that they were having in Mobile, they left no question unanswered, no rock unturned, I mean he was very very complimentary,” said Stimpson.
But will that turn to anything tangible this year?
“You know the first thing they have to do is get to rate 4, that’s 4 planes a month, well they’re already talking about the need and the necessity to go to rate 6, and there was maybe a hint that Airbus would like to do something else in Mobile,” he said.
Unlike like year, no new companies were announced to come to Mobile, but some are wondering if the focus is on Airbus it could be something defense related. Besides the A380 Airbus also showed off its A400 Atlas cargo plane, which could give Maryland-based, Lockheed Martin’s C-130 stiff competition.