Industry Events at International Air Shows

We know that the Paris Air Show is exceedingly busy for our members who attend, and the number of people they want to meet often exceeds the hours in the day. So, before business deals are made and new technology is unveiled at the Paris Air Show, hundreds of representatives from the U.S. aerospace industry kicked off the week by attending two signature events hosted by AIA and aimed at bringing our industry together. These events – with attendees from the U.S. government and the global aerospace community — offer opportunities to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new relationships while at the air show.

On Sunday evening, June 16, AIA hosted a reception exclusively for AIA members and senior U.S. government officials at the Pavillon Royal. This beautiful venue provided an ideal space for the AIA member community to engage and connect.  After AIA CEO Eric Fanning and AIA Chairman Bill Brown welcomed the crowd and noted the centennial anniversary of our association, senior officials from the Departments of Commerce, Defense, NASA, and the FAA offered brief remarks.

The following evening, AIA hosted the U.S. Industry Reception, the largest event for the American industry community at the air show. This year, the reception was held at the historical and architectural gem Petit Palais, the City of Paris’ Fine Arts Museum.

More than a thousand attendees – including three Apollo astronauts – came to celebrate American innovation and investment in the aerospace industry and network with over 350 domestic and international companies and strategic partners.

Following an introduction from AIA Chairman Bill Brown, senior officials from the Department of State and NASA delivered brief remarks wishing attendees the best at the show. This reception had the largest turnout in AIA history and tells us that support for America’s role in the global industry continues to grow and strengthen.