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Merger between Bombardier and Airbus: the Prime Minister of Quebec visits the Airbus factories

Monday, 7 May, 2018

A few months after announcing its merger with the Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier, Airbus welcomed the Prime Minister of Quebec, Philippe Couillard.

During his French visit, the Prime Minister of Quebec, Philippe Couillard, spent time in Toulouse for a meeting with Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus and Delphine Gény-Stéphann, the Secretary of State to the Minister of the Economy and Finance.

After visiting the A380 assembly line and trying out the flight simulator in the Airbus EIG training centre, the Prime Minister of Quebec and the CEO of Airbus held discussions together and expressed their common desire to see this alliance become a success. The merger should be finalised by October 2018.

The visit to Toulouse then continued with a meeting with the City’s Mayor, Jean-Luc Moudenc, at the institute for technological research (IRT), the new flagship of aerospace research situated in the all-new “B612”. This building, which carries the name of the asteroid in the Petit Prince was also where a joint algorithms research programme was signed by the IRT, its Quebec counterpart the CRIAQ and Ivado.

After a visit to IoT Valley, which is home to Internet of Things companies in Labège, the official visit ended at the offices of the Occitanie region, in the presence of its President, Carole Delga. This was the opportunity to officially announce the cooperation agreements between Aero Montreal and the Aerospace Valley hub, the Automotech cluster and its counterpart cluster in Quebec.