SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has personally met with an Airbus executive to discuss how Washington state and the Boeing rival can work together.
A spokesman for Inslee confirmed Monday the private meeting occurred in October during an aerospace conference. Inslee spokesman David Postman said the governor talked with Airbus Americas CEO Barry Eccleston for about 20 minutes. Eccleston oversees operations in North and South America.
Washington has a 100-year history with Boeing but has been expanding its relationship with Airbus in recent months. State officials traveled to the company's U.S. headquarters and signed a five-year confidentiality agreement to explore opportunities.
Officials say they are always looking for ways to increase aerospace employment.
Postman emphasized the Airbus talks have no connection to Boeing's looming decision on where to build the 777X plane.