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Scholz promotes Hamburg as Hotspot of Civil Aviation at the Paris Air Show

Hamburg's head of state visited Paris for three days. Meetings with industry representatives and high-ranking politicians

Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz visited the 51st International Air Show in Le Bourget, near Paris on Tuesday. “Hamburg is today one of the leading aviation locations worldwide. About 40,000 highly qualified workers from the Hamburg metropolitan region working in this field,”, Scholz said at a reception at the joint stand of Hamburg and Bremen.

“The success of the aviation location Hamburg is rooted in our successful cluster policy. At Hamburg Aviation, business and science work hand in hand, and international exchange is being promoted. Our goal is to continue the networking of Hamburg’s know-how across industries and countries also in the future to further expand and strengthen innovation”, added Scholz.

Hamburg – The World’s Number Three

Next to Seattle and Toulouse , Hamburg is the world’s third largest centre of the civil aviation industry. Hamburg’s largest employer, Airbus, one of the large exhibitors of this year’s Paris Air Show. Next to technological innovations, the new Airbus A350 XWB, the A320, and the A380 are being promoted by Airbus in Paris. Celebrating its first ten years of service, the A380 has been transporting more than 80 million people worldwide.

20 Hamburg Companies in Paris

Lufthansa Technik, with 8,000 employees the region’s second-largest employer in the aviation sector and a global leader in MRO services, is focussing on long-haul aircraft at Le Bourget. In total, more than 20 companies and institutions linked to Hamburg are exhibiting at Le Bourget n Hall 2A, C286. F

At the joint North German stand of Hamburg Aviation e.V., Hanse Aerospace e.V. and the Bremer Air Transport Association Aviabelt e.V., Hamburg Aviation signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic co-operation in the economic and scientific transfer with the Japanese region of Nagoya during the fair.

Obtain Funding Approval

The globalisatioin of innovation and educational processes is gaining is becoming increasingly important for Hamburg Aivation. Therefore, co-operations with other strong regions are being initiated and filled with life. This policy is also supported the federal government in the frame of its excellence Initiative. Last week, Hamburg Aviation thusreceived funding approval for an innovation co-operation with the aviation network Aero Montreal. The federal government will be supporting the transatlantic alliance with up to four million euros over a period of five years.

Scholz stressed that the Hamburg aviation industry boasts many unique assets. Hamburg not only significantly contributed to the development and construction of the new Airbus A350, which circles the sky at Le Bourget each day, but also assembles more than half of all global aircraft of the Airbus best-selling A320 Family.

Successful Aviation Cluster

Besides Airbus and Lufthansa Technik Hamburg, 300 small and medium enterprises and institutions,
universities and research institutions add to Hamburg’s expertise in aviation. “The Hamburg Senate has been supporting the aviation industry for many years with research programmes, infrastructure investments, and the Hamburg Aviatio cluster”, Scholz stated. d.

Scholz had left on Monday for a three day trip to Paris. During his journey representative of the Federal Republic of Germany for the German-French cultural co-operation, Scholz met with representatives from business and politics. Discussion topics include the promotion of the aviation location Hamburg, vocational training, language learning, youth exchange, the protection of authors’ rights, and cultural diversity.

source and further details:
Press office of the Senate Chancellery, www.hamburg.de

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