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Mayor Brewer visits China to help sell the aircraft industry

WICHITA, Kansas - Fresh off the heels of his visit to China, Mayor Carl Brewer says he wants to push Wichita's Air Capital into the global economy.
 
"The City of Wichita is the Air Capital. We're not the only ones that know. I can assure you that in China, they know it also."
 
China is looking to expand their aviation market in the next decade. 
 
"We have that responsibility to grow our economy, and we can't sit idling by and wait for the federal government or wait on anyone else. We have to go out and do this."
 
Chinese leaders have been keeping an eye on aviation big names in Wichita. Those include Cessna, Bombardier, Beechcraft and Boeing.
 
That's because China is planning to purchase around 8,000 aircraft by 2015.
 
"They know that demand is locally, and they're trying to get those local relationships with those companies, even here in Wichita to go back over to China's economy," said Jeremy Hill, Wichita State University Center for Economic Development.
 
Although Wichita's aviation industry has taken a hit in the past decade, the mayor believes the city's aircraft companies can deliver.
 
"We know that we have the people right here in the City of Wichita that can provide them with those aircrafts that they're actually needing between all the aviation companies that we actually have. Certainly, that's going to create more job opportunities."
 
And creating more job opportunities could extend beyond aviation.
 
On the mayor's second trip to China, Wichita also opened up an aviation office in Beijing, helping to sell the city's main asset, its aviation industry.
 
"They're going to get the planes from some place. So if you're going to get a plane, why not purchase them from the Air Capital of Wichita?" said Brewer.
 
China is seen as the next big market for aircraft. Cessna aircraft reported a 50 percent jump in sales from 2011 to 2012.
 
Bombardier delivered its first Learjet 60X to a customer in China in 2010 and more have followed.
 
Beechcraft has seen its share of King Air sales take off in recent years in the turbo prop market.
 

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