WICHITA — Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said he initiated today's meeting with Gov. Mark Parkinson and the Machinists union last week.
"We had a constructive and positive exchange in my mind, and he (Parkinson) asked that we include the union in this dialogue with the state," Boisture said in an interview with The Eagle this morning.
So Boisture said he called the union's international president to ask for the union's participation in the meeting, scheduled for later this afternoon.
Last evening, Boisture said, the company sent to the governor's office an outline of major points that would be constructive to today's meeting.
"We sent it to them in advance so they'd have a chance to consider the points in it," he said. "We did that in order to provide some structure."
Hawker Beechcraft has received an offer from Louisiana to move its entire operations to Baton Rouge, the union has said.
Boisture declined to give details of any offers the company has received.
What does Hawker Beechcraft need from Kansas in order to keep the company in Wichita?
"I've been very clear both with the union and with the state of Kansas — with the governor — last week, that the challenges faced by the industry and by the company as a result of the market are not going to be solved by one unilateral decision on the part of anybody," Boisture said.
The question, he said, is what can Kansas do?
"It's not what do I need, it's what can they do; I already know they can't do everything that's needed," Boisture said.
The aviation industry has "a big macroeconomic problem," he said. "It's going to take a whole series of decisions to try to fashion an effective way forward."