Bombardier and Textron head to China for air show

Wichita planemaker Textron Aviation and Bombardier Aerospace are headed to China to display their products to the Chinese market at Airshow China 2014.

City officials and some local businesses are also expected to attend.

The show at the China International Aviation Exhibition Center in Zhuhai, China, will be open Tuesday through Thursday to trade visitors and Friday to Sunday, Nov. 16, to the general public.

China is a key growth market, Bombardier said.

“Bombardier believes there is a rapidly expanding requirement for modern and efficient transportation infrastructure,” it said in a media release. “The company is well positioned to meet the nation’s mobility needs.

China is expected to be the third largest business jet market after the U.S. and Europe in the next 20 years, a Bombardier Business Aircraft Market Forecast predicts. It expects China to take deliveries of about 2,225 business jets from 2014 to 2033.

Bombardier’s forecast for commercial aircraft predicts that China will have a demand for 2,280 planes over the 20-year period, or 17 percent of the world’s deliveries and second to North America.

Textron Aviation’s static display will include the Beechcraft King Air 350i, Baron G58, Cessna Citation XLS+ and Cessna Grand Caravan EX.

Bombardier’s static display will include the super mid-size Challenger 300 and ultra long-range Global 6000 business jets, a Q400 NextGen turboprop for the commercial market.

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