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Wichita planemakers at Indian air show

Wichita’s three general aviation manufacturers – Hawker Beechcraft, Cessna Aircraft and Bombardier Learjet -  are showing off Wichita-built business jets to the Indian market this week.

The show — officially called the International Exhibition and Conference on Civil Aviation – opened today in Hyderabad, India. It runs through Sunday.

India is a center for high-tech enterprises and holds an important and growing role in global business, Hawker Beechcraft officials said. The transportation requirements of Indian companies will continue to expand.

“India is a land of incredible potential,” Hawker Beechcraft president of its Asia-Pacific region Justin Firestone said in a statement.

Bombardier Business Aircraft regional vice president of sales for the Asia Pacific region David Dixon said the company has had aircraft in the Indian subcontinent for 35 years.

" Bombardier's long-term commitment to this dynamic market is demonstrated by our growing fleet of Bombardier business aircraft based in the region and our expanding customer support network," Dixon said in a statement.

Cessna Aircraft said it’s also encouraged about signs of a growing aviation industry in India. In the past several months, the company has experienced increase interest in Citation business jets, particularly the Citation CJ2+ and Citation XLS+.