Wichita Aero Club’s October Business Luncheon will feature Barry Eccleston, president and CEO of Airbus Americas, who is also a private pilot.
The luncheon is slated for Oct. 18 at the Wichita Airport Hilton.
Eccleston oversees all efforts of Airbus in North and South America and the Caribbean, including sales and marketing, engineering, service and training. He is a veteran of the aviation industry, having worked in many of the industry’s most well-known companies, including Honeywell, Fairchild Dornier Corporation, Rolls-Royce Engines, and International Aero Engines. Through his career, he has worked in six different countries, and though born in the U.K., he is now an American citizen. He is a private pilot and an executive committee member of the Flight Safety Foundation Board of Governors.
Airbus is an aircraft manufacturer that has more than 6,500 aircraft in service worldwide and a backlog of some 4,200. In 2010 alone, Airbus spent more than $10 billion with hundreds of U.S. suppliers, translating into Airbus support of more than 180,000 American jobs.
Eccleston will talk about Airbus’ operations in the U.S. and Wichita, the importance of U.S. aerospace companies competing for their place in the global marketplace, and what all of this means for Wichita and Kansas.
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