Aviation Execs From South Korea Visit Wichita

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A 24-member delegation of aviation executives and government trade officials visited the Air Capital today from South Korea, in hopes of promoting aviation trade and making business connections with Wichita.

Even if, at times, it seems some of our own political leaders forget the importance of the aircraft industry, others in the world remind us of its value.

“We want to promote trade and investment between Korea and Kansas, especially in the aerospace industry,” the Korean Trade Commissioner/Director General said.

Executives from Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Boeing and Spirit attended the meeting. The trading of business cards could lead to Kansas companies investing in Korean companies, and vice versa.

“Exports are a significant part of the Kansas economy, so the more we can promote Wichita and the state of Kansas to an international business audience, the more opportunities there are for us to sell and grow our economy and create jobs,” John Watson, Kansas Department of Commerce Trade Development Director, said.

Korea’s government is making efforts to promote its aircraft industry. Time will tell if meetings like today’s leads to new business.

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