After take off comes the landing. But for Muskogee Technology (MT), the company continues to fly high with business. In July, representatives from MT, Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA) and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians traveled to London to attend the Farnborough International Airshow.
The airshow is a chance for companies, such as Muskogee Technology, to meet with industry leaders, establish new business relationships and strengthen existing ones. Visitors to this year’s airshow were provided opportunities to learn more about the future of aviation, source new suppliers, evaluate competitors, experience live demonstrations and discover upcoming innovations.
This year, the airshow saw huge deals come together and closed out with $123.9 billion in orders. That exceeded the organizer’s expectations.
“It is a tremendous blessing for us to be able to attend this event and others like it,” CIEDA President and CEO James T. Martin said. “Building relationships that will last is crucial to not only our business but the aerospace and defense industries as a whole.”
What we accomplished
PCI representatives met with other Alabama delegation representatives at the Alabama trade show booth and visited a handful of booths from other states, as well as numerous aerospace companies that had booths on display.
CIEDA Director of Marketing Mal McGhee was invited by SES, an Aerospace company from Huntsville, to sit in on a meeting with Gov. Robert Bentley and a general of the Kuwaiti Air Force. He also met with Honeycomb Aircraft Repair Center’s top representatives Ken Arnold, Steve Walker and Bill Bryson and with GKN Aerospace Vice President Daniele Cagnatel.
Perhaps some of the biggest discussions came from PCI representatives meeting with Airbus and Thales Group officials. Airbus scored big at Farnborough again this year and with a facility now in Mobile, this could pave the way for Muskogee Technology to gain some extra business as well.
“In talking with Gene Young, who is Airbus’ senior director of governmental programs, we could be in a position to do inventory management with them,” McGhee said. “We want to capitalize on new opportunities quickly.” McGhee said partnerships with Airbus were discussed and follow-up meetings were set.
The Thales Group is a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets. McGhee said PCI representatives discussed partnerships and subcontracting work for Muskogee Technology to have with Thales.
About the airshow
Farnborough saw 98 military delegations attending from 66 countries and 29 commercial and civil delegations attending from 22 countries. Alabama, in general, had a strong showing of delegates, with 120 who attended the airshow. Farnborough officials said 73,000 visitors were present this year.
The Meet-the-Buyer program encountered 1,680 meetings between 40 buyers and 200 suppliers during the three-day event. This allowed companies of all sizes to form new business relationships with international companies.
Although the trade show is open to industry officials, the general public can come out and see static displays and flight demonstrations. To open the airshow, the F35 Joint Strike Fighter performed a flyover to the awe of visitors. And on the third day, a Boeing 737 MAX plane performed a zero-gravity vertical takeoff and free-fall stunt, with onlookers gasping in awe at the demonstration.
Farnborough International Airshow takes place every other year, alternating with the Paris Airshow, which MT attended last year.