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  • waynedickenson961 waynedickenson961 Jun 20, 2013 9:06 PM Flag

    CEO of boeing compares to the USA Airbus Chairman Airbus CEO brings American jobs here which is better ?


    Airbus lost the long and contentious bidding to build an aerial refueling tanker for the U.S Air Force, but Airbus Americas chairman Allan McArtor asserts there are signs that Boeing will stumble and give its rival a renewed opportunity.
    “I think we’ll get another shot at it,” said McArtor in an interview at the Paris Air Show Wednesday.

    He also said that Airbus, which has U.S. engineering centers in Wichita, Kan., and Mobile, Ala., is likely to add two more in the next decade, and will seriously consider locating one in Washington state.

    “We are attracted to Washington state for the same reason we were attracted to Wichita. That’s where the talent is,” he said. “If you want to have access to the talent that developed over the last 100 years of aviation, Washington is very fertile ground.”

    Airbus Americas chairman Allen McArtorAirbus Americas chairman Allen McArtor
    Those startling ideas came from Airbus’s top man in America, who has probably the most exceptional aviation resume of any aerospace executive in the U.S.

    A highly decorated combat fighter pilot in Vietnam, he was an associate professor of engineering at the Air Force Academy, then flew as a pilot in the Air Force Thunderbirds flying display team.

    Afterwards, he headed air operations at FedEx, and under President Reagan he was head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for two years.

    Immediately before joining Airbus, he was chief executive of Legend Airlines, a regional carrier out of Dallas.

    Airbus has already broken ground in Mobile to construct a final assembly plant, its first airplane factory in the U.S., for the single-aisle A320 jet family. It is scheduled to deliver the plant’s first plane to JetBlue in January 2016.

    He said that presence will reshape U.S. views about Airbus.

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