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Wichita officials, companies prepare for Farnborough air show

Spirit AeroSystems booth at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow.
Spirit AeroSystems booth at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow. The Wichita Eagle

The Wichita area will be represented by a large contingent of public and industry officials and companies at next week’s Farnborough International Airshow in England.

The Greater Wichita Partnership said Friday that a dozen public officials and business leaders will attend the weeklong show, which begins Monday.

“As we work as a community to align and focus our economic development strategies, we must concurrently and proactively promote our region at a global level at events like Farnborough,” Jeff Fluhr, GWP chief executive, said in a news release.

The GWP will promote development sites in the area, its more than 300 aircraft suppliers — including Spirit AeroSystems — and related resources such as the National Institute for Aviation Research and the National Center for Aviation Training.

It also will promote the area’s aircraft manufacturers, such as Airbus, Textron Aviation Cessna and Beechcraft, and Bombardier Learjet.

The GWP said the area delegation will include representatives from the Kansas Department of Commerce, C.E. Machine Co., Cox Machine, Harlow Aerostructures, HM Dunn AeroSystems, Lee Aerospace, Metal Finishing Co., Omni Aerospace and PWI.

Spirit AeroSystems and Textron Inc., the parent of Textron Aviation, will also have separate exhibits at the show.

“For the first time ever, six of our businesses will be represented at an international show,” Textron CEO Scott Donnelly said in a separate news release. “Our full lineup will feature advance rotorcraft, tactical turboprop and jet aircraft, precision weapons and unmanned aircraft.”

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark