Day 2 of the Farnborough London Air Show for the local South Alabama delegation involved a full day of appointments and tours to get up to speed on industry trends. The local team had to double up their efforts to make up ground due to Monday’s rains that flooded many parts of the show, forcing the power to be shut off and an early closing, Tuesday brought more rain, but much less of it and massive early morning crowds.

Some of the day’s appointments included a visit to Airbus’s innovation center to learn about new aerospace technologies they are creating, including a cutting-edge new virtual reality training program rolled out by Airbus for new hires, followed by tours of the A350XWB and the A380.

During the tour the group learned that The Airbus A350XWB, one of the company’s newer airplanes, seats around 244 passengers and includes custom lighting and higher ceilings. It’s been in commission for production since January 2015.

Members of the Mobile delegation that visited the Airbus innovation facility and toured the A350XWB and A380 included the city of Mobile, Mobile County Commission, the University of South Alabama, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Mobile Airport Authority and Alabama Power.

Afterwards the group split up for more appointments and networking with some significant Airbus supplier industries, including a meeting with Singapore Technologies, parent company of VT MAE located at Brookley and calling on companies with offices in Mobile.