Wichita - Air Capital of the World
Wichita’s general aviation industry continues to set records. Last year, Wichita manufacturers Hawker Beechcraft, Bombardier’s Learjet plant and Cessna delivered 42 percent of all general aviation aircraft produced worldwide. Look for this trend to continue in 2008, record backlog orders, new models, increased international demand and a new stimulus package by Congress add up to a strong outlook according to Wichita general aviation manufacturers. Jim Shuster chief executive for Hawker Beechcraft said, “I wouldn’t trade these market conditions for any, these are wonderful times.” - Wichita Eagle writer, Molly McMillan.
The need to do business globally, a desire for faster travel and the growing inconvenience of airports is spurring demand for business aircraft, said Pierre Cote, president of Bombardier’s business aircraft division. Business jet shipments hit a record 1,138 exceeding 1,000 units for the first time. Cessna aircraft company has a record backlog of $12.6 billion with more than half the orders being outside of the U.S. Cessna expects to take more than 570 orders this year exceeding the 470 orders forecasted and expects continued growth for the next decade.
The growing demand for business jets in Europe, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East will help ensure the continued strength of our general aviation industry. Wichita is open for business and can exceed your aviation needs.
Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition
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Wichita, KS 67202-2970
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