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Oklahoma Department of Commerce

International Air Show Offers Opportunities for Oklahoma Aerospace Companies



A delegation from Oklahoma, led by Oklahoma ACES and Commerce’s Foreign Direct Investment and Trade team and including Oklahoma companies and community economic development organizations, is making preparations for the 2019 Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France this June.

This aerospace trade show event takes place every other year, and is one of the largest and longest-running aerospace trade shows in the world, drawing top executives from aerospace companies from across the globe. In 2017, the airshow reported $150 billion in contracts signed and 290 official delegations from 98 countries.

Several Oklahoma communities and companies have already committed to joining Commerce’s delegation to the trade show this year. Attending these shows with the State of Oklahoma offers companies the opportunity to gather new leads, grow existing relationships and secure sales. The show is a gathering place for both international and domestic suppliers and buyers, helping Oklahoma companies diversify their portfolios of customers to buffer from changes in the domestic economy and seasonal fluctuations.

“We are fostering a pro-growth environment in Oklahoma that will help local companies make connections to encourage the expansion of their businesses,” said Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt. “We are proud that the sale of aerospace parts is Oklahoma’s third largest commodity export. By leading a delegation of companies and communities to trade shows like the Paris Air Show, we are bringing Oklahoma to the world and the world to Oklahoma.”

During the 2018 Farnborough Air Show, the sister aerospace trade show to the Paris Air Show that occurs on opposite years in the United Kingdom, members of the Oklahoma Delegation achieved a total of $770,000 in actual sales, in addition to the potential of nearly $18 million in projected future sales. One of those companies was WHI, who has already committed to attending the Paris Air Show for 2019.

“It has been our great pleasure to work with Commerce in many ways, and in particular the major air show of the year – which takes place annually alternating between Paris and Farnborough,” said Al Altieri, President & CEO, WHI Global LLC. “Without the support of Commerce, we would not be able to afford and coordinate the logistics of having a booth at the show – which is very important since the booth improves our visibility and recognition among current and potential future customers, for both scheduled visits and creating numerous impromptu walk-by meetings.”

The Commerce team works to make participation at these shows as effortless as possible for its partners, coordinating the booth space, setting up meetings with potential customers and providing other logistics support.

“…the Commerce team handles all of the administrative details seamlessly, efficiently and affordably and make it extremely easy for WHI to basically just show up and be ready to go sell,” said Altieri. “It has been a great delight to partner politically with Commerce – it is great to see government and business working together for the common purpose of promoting growth in the state of Oklahoma.”

Oklahoma aerospace companies interested in joining the Oklahoma Delegation at the Paris Air Show should contact Jesse Garcia at jesse.garcia@okcommerce.gov.

Oklahoma Delegation member benefits:

  • Company workstation at the booth
  • Access to private meeting space within the Oklahoma & U.S. Pavilion.
  • Business matchmaking services
  • Exhibitor badges (2 per company)
  • Listing in PAS Official Show and U.S. Pavilion Directories
  • Invitation to the Oklahoma Aerospace Breakfast Reception (Sunday, July 16th)
  • Access to U.S. Pavilion business services, amenities, and networking events
  • Shipment of marketing literature
  • Pre-show and on-site assistance from Commerce staff
  • Ground transportation services to and from show

 TOTAL COST – $6,000*

*Does not include air, hotel or registration fees for certain business networking events.

About ACES: Oklahoma ACES, a statewide association, connects aerospace and defense organizations to advance the industry. ACES, works to foster growth and innovation in Oklahoma’s aerospace sector. For more information visit okaces.org.


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