The National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) campus of WATC was host to an exciting first time meeting between Airbus and 114 aviation suppliers. Over 200 representatives filed into the auditorium of NCAT the morning of August 6 to listen to Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran discuss the future of Airbus in the U.S., and specifically, in Kansas. After the overwhelming success of the initial summit, and demand being so great that it filled up within five days of its announcement, a second event is already being planned. McArtor also went on to receive a tour of NCAT and was able to observe the 224,000 sq. ft. training facility and 25 state-of-the-art laboratories. Please continue to read more about the day’s events:
“Monday’s supplier conference was held at the National Center for Aviation Training on North Webb Road — a facility that Airbus Americas Inc. Chairman Alan McArtor says exemplifies the reason Airbus is so interested in the Air Capital.”
“We’ve got a backlog that quite frankly is disturbingly healthy, because it is hard to sell airplanes when your delivery position is so far out,” McArtor said. “So we want to increase our capacity. We cannot increase our capacity without increasing our supply chain capability. We cannot increase our supply chain capability unless we approve more qualified suppliers. And that is precisely why we are here.”
“This is incredibly great news for those who are looking for jobs. There are many that have tried to diversify what they’re doing. So to be able to come back into a field that they’re relaxed and comfortable with is great news,” said Wichita city council member Lavonta Williams.
“The good news is Airbus is interested in expanding their procurement in the United States,” said Moran. “We want to make sure they look to Kansas, they look to Wichita for a significant component of that increase.”
“When you are looking for talent and looking for suppliers, you come to Wichita,” said McArtor. “I mean for a long, long time, for 90 years, Wichita has been the center of aviation in the U.S. and so when you come to find talent you come to Wichita.”