As we returned to the Air Show today- so did the rain! We were stuck in some absolute downpours today. I’d like to say it’s Washington state’s way of increasing our presence here in London – but I here it’s sunny and in the 80s back home! That theory isn’t working for me anymore!
All kidding aside – we had another phenomenal day – and continued to meet with some of the top executives in aerospace, including Boeing President and CEO Jim McNerney. Another highlight at the show today was meeting with folks with Pacifica Engineering. This is a company based in Bothell which announced today that it was selected as a key supplier for Bell Helicopter’s new 525 Relentless program. A picture of the helicopter is below.
More good news came from Bellingham-based Heath Tecna – which announced that the company has been selected to replace bin interiors for Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft. Good news for the company – and good news for you! Their design means 30 to 40 percent more overhead bin capacity for you and other passengers! And since last year’s visit to the Paris Air Show – Heath Tecna has added 170 jobs! Amazing!
Both of these announcements underscore the skill of our world class supplier base – as well as the importance of events like the Farnborough Air Show where our businesses can continue to build relationships that literally serve the world.
I should also mention an important memorandum of understanding that we signed at the Air Show – between the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance and Aéro Montréal, Québec’s aerospace cluster. The agreement will allow the organizations to exchange information about programs and initiatives, and their respective member’s needs and capabilities – and will ultimately help both organizations grow our respective region’s aerospace industry!
This afternoon – we switched gears a bit – and turned our attention to our state’s high tech sector. We traveled to Paddington to introduce members of the trade mission delegation to executives at Everything Everywhere, the largest mobile network operator in the United Kingdom, serving 28 million customers. This was a good introduction meeting that I’m confident will lead to new partnerships and expansion opportunities.
Enjoy the pictures below!