The deal between Cessna’s parent company, Textron Inc., and a Chinese aviation company for a joint venture that would perform final assembly of the Cessna Caravan utility turboprop in China has been finalized.
In a news release, Textron said it has finalized the agreement with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd., (CAIGA) (through CAIGA North China Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd.).
Company officials reached an understanding with the Chinese company in the spring to enter into a joint venture. The assembly operation in China will be for aircraft to be sold in the Chinese market, according to the release.
Cessna’s Wichita operations will provide components and parts manufacturing and sub-assemblies for the Caravan aircraft to be sold by the joint venture, according to the release. The operations in Shijiazhuang, China, will be designed to conduct final assembly, paint, testing, interior installation, customization, flight testing and delivery of the Cessna Caravan to in-country customers.