Airbus to participate at New Zealand Defence Industry Association Forum

30 October 2018

Airbus to participate at New Zealand Defence Industry Association Forum
Palmerston North, 30 October 2018 – Airbus will this week join other international aerospace and government agencies exhibiting at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) Forum. Now in its 21st year, the event is taking place 30 October – 1 November at the Palmerston North Central Energy Trust Arena.

Airbus is located at Stands 14 - 15 with an exhibit enabling visitors to experience virtual reality presentations of a range of products, including the A400M military transporter, H225 search and rescue helicopter, the A330 MRTT tanker and the City Airbus future air taxi demonstrator.

Rob Elder, Acting Managing Director, Airbus Australia Pacific said the company’s presence at the event would enable visitors to get updates on the extensive range of products and services offered by Airbus, as well as its latest innovations.

“These virtual-reality scenarios are designed to give guests a first-hand experience with sounds and an environment as close to real life as possible,” he said.

Mr Elder said that Airbus Australia Pacific had been nominated in this year’s Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence to Industry in three categories with the winners to be announced at the Forum’s gala dinner on Thursday 1 November.

“We are pleased to have received several nominations related to our contract with the Royal New Zealand Air Force to support its NH90 helicopter fleet and our P3 Underwater Intelligence Solution.”

“The Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence to Industry play a valuable role in recognising the contribution made to Defence by Industry,” Mr Elder said.

Mr Elder said that Airbus had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the New Zealand Defence Force.

“Airbus has a history in the region of more than 40 years and we look forward to many more years to come,” he said.

About Airbus
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of € 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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