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Big question at NBAA in Atlanta: What will Hawker Beechcraft do now?

ATLANTA – As the National Business Aviation Association’s 63rd annual convention prepares to open tomorrow, trade journalists and industry officials have the same question.

Now that Machinists union members rejected Hawker Beechcraft’s offer of a new contract, what will the company do?

That’s the million-dollar question.

Sources have said that Hawker Beechcraft has received an offer from Lousiana to move its operations to Baton Rouge. Two weeks ago, the company reached an agreement with Gov. Mark Parkinson that would keep the majority of work in Wichita. But the deal was contingent upon a successful conclusion of negotiations.

On Saturday, 55 percent of the members who voted rejected the company’s offer.

Hawker Beechcraft has a press conference planned for 3 p.m. We’ll see whether CEO Bill Boisture addresses the issue then.

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