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Governor Asa Hutchinson opens Arkansas booth at Paris Air Show

PARIS, France (June 15, 2015) – Governor Asa Hutchinson officially opened the Arkansas booth at the Paris Air Show with a ribbon cutting today. This is the first year for Arkansas to exhibit at the show, the world’s largest aviation and aerospace trade show.

Held every other year in odd-numbered years at Le Bourget Airport, the International Paris Air Show dates back to 1909. More than 2,200 exhibitors will be present at this year’s show.

“The Paris Air Show presents a wonderful opportunity for us to share the many reasons the aerospace sector is thriving in Arkansas,” said Governor Hutchinson. “We will meet with companies ranging from small start-ups to the largest aerospace companies in the world. We have only been here a short time and I’m already encouraged by the reception we are receiving from companies who know little about the state.”

About 139,000 people visited the 2013 show and more are expected this year.

Aerospace was Arkansas’s largest export in 2014, totaling $1.6 billion. The state is home to nearly 180 well-known companies in the industry, include Dassault Aviation, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon Missile Systems.

Since its launch, the International Paris Air Show has been at the heart of innovation in the aviation/aerospace industry. The Concorde, the world’s first supersonic commercial aircraft, and the Boeing 747 jumbo jet were on display at the 1969 show, and the Ariane rocket debuted 10 years later. In 2011, more than 2,110 exhibitors broke the all-time exhibition record.

This year’s show will include highlights such as:

  • The Careers Plane – an exhibition with professionals from the aerospace industry on hand to immerse visitors in their workplace.
  • Aerospace Meeting Paris – Includes business-to-business meetings, supply chain conferences, and networking services.
  • Jobs and Training Forum – An exhibit to direct students toward careers in aerospace, transport aviation and national defense professions.
  • Air and Space Museum – With more than 400 aircraft, the French Air and Space Museum is the only museum in the world to present the three fields of flight (ballooning, aviation, and space).

Partners attending the Paris Air Show along with Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission include representatives of the Arkansas World Trade Center, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, Arkansas Aeroplex in Blytheville, NanoMech,  Galley Support Innovations, Northwest Arkansas Council and Metro Little Rock Alliance. The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance are also sponsoring the Arkansas delegation but are not attending the show.

For updates on the trip, follow Governor Asa Hutchinson on Twitter at @AsaHutchinson or the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at @ArkansasEDC. The Governor’s Office and Arkansas Economic Development Commission will also provide periodic information regarding the trip on their respective Facebook pages.

More information on the Paris Air Show can be found at www.siae.fr/EN.