Gregoire tours Airbus after promoting Boeing

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is encouraging partnerships between Washington aerospace companies and Airbus.

Gregoire toured a facility for Boeing's chief rival on Friday, saying that Washington state is an unmatched aerospace center. She wants the France-based planemaker to consider Washington suppliers for future manufacturing.

The stop in Germany came after Gregoire's trip to the Paris Air Show, where she was a cheerleader for Boeing. The Chicago-based company is one of Washington's major employers. Airbus has secured about $72 billion worth of orders and commitments at the air show -- three times as much as Boeing.

Gregoire is returning from her eight-day trade mission this weekend.