Airbus Has 20 Years in GTR, Future Prospects are Sky High

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of the Dispatch and Grant McLaughlin

Airbus Helicopters CEO Romain Trapp speaks to a crowd of more than 350 people Friday at the company’s plant next to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport
Grant McLaughlin, The Dispatch

Airbus Helicopters recently celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their assembly plant next to the GTR Airport. In that time, they have gone from producing five helis per year to over a hundred, in a space that has expanded from 85 thousand square feet to 331K, and they have done so with the help of a workforce that has added more then 300 employees in that time. “It was still a dream (in 2003),” CEO Romain Trapp said Friday during the celebration. “We are very happy with what we have achieved. We believe the success we have comes also from having found Mississippi as a great place to do business. . .Here in Mississippi, we bring (Airbus’s) purpose to life by building and supporting helicopters that enable our customers to perform essential missions, such as serving and protecting people and communities.”

They continue to produce helicopters for both military and civilian use, including some that are used for medical and rescue purposes. U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) spoke about the accomplishment: “Our friends from Airbus, and their leadership of so many people in this room and those who are not able to be with us now, have performed something worthy to be remembered.”

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