PARIS, France — The opening day of the 50th Paris Air Show brought lots of meetings for members of the Alabama delegation. State officials talked with a dozen companies, including GKN Aerospace, which operates a facility in Elmore County, and Airbus, which is constructing a $600 million final assembly line at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex.
Alabama officials also talked with Safran, a large aerospace company that in April opened an engineering services office at Brookley to support Airbus.
Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield said it was a busy and productive day for the state delegation.
Economic development officials from around the state had their own series of meetings today. For instance, Lee Lawson of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance and Tucker Dorsey of the Baldwin County Commission talked with Alinh Hoang of Zodiac Aerospace, a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft, as well as helicopters and space applications.
Below is a photo gallery that captures some of the day’s events.