Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer said he's disappointed talks to sell Hawker Beechcraft to a Chinese company have broken down. Hawker announced today that talks with Superior Aviation have ended and Hawker plans to exit bankruptcy as a standalone company..
Mayor Brewer released this statement while travelling with a city delegation in China;
"I want to express my disappointment that negotiations for the sale of Hawker Beechcraft to Superior Aircraft Beijing have discontinued.
I am currently travelling with a Wichita delegation on a five-city, 12-day business development trip to China. I have been impressed with the leadership’s eagerness here to enter the general aviation industry. Their interest represents a great opportunity for Wichita’s aviation companies to take advantage of the expansion of general aviation in an increasingly global marketplace.
Based on my meetings here, I know China’s civic and business leaders are looking forward to working on aviation opportunities with Wichita companies, civic leaders and other local stakeholders. It is my strong opinion and hope that Hawker Beechcraft, which has its roots in the Air Capital, should stay intact and maintain as full a product line as possible in Wichita.
I strongly and respectfully urge Hawker Beechcraft leaders to honor the company’s rich history here as well its job-retention commitments to the Wichita community, the State of Kansas and its many hard-working employees."