To make matters worse, the ad ran in the Seattle Times with a headline "The Future of Washington," the newspaper said Wednesday. Airbus is headquartered in Toulouse in southern France, and planes in the Airbus A319 family are assembled there, in Hamburg and more recently in Tianjin, China, and Mobile, Ala.
The ad, which urges the Washington Legislature to pass a transportation package sought by Boeing, was the work of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Washington Aerospace Partnership.
Terri Hiroshima, a spokeswoman for the chamber, conceded the ad should have been examined more carefully: "It's an embarrassing, cringe-worthy error."
The ad attracted a lot of attention in the Seattle area from the many people familiar with aerospace. Alex Pietsch, director of the Governor's Aerospace Office, sent an email pointing out the error from the United Arab Emirates where he was attending the Dubai Air Show, the Times said.
Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle, where it was founded in 1916, to Chicago in 2001. Seattle is fighting to get production of the Boeing 777X.