Politics & Government

Wichita opens first trade liaison office in China

In an effort to foster global aviation trade, a delegation from Wichita has opened the first Air Capital Liaison office in the city of Xi’an, China.

The Chinese government is in the process of opening the country to general aviation. Currently, only commercial and military aircraft are authorized to fly over the country, but businesses see an opportunity in the growing market.

The delegation includes Mayor Carl Brewer, vice mayor Jeff Blubaugh, Karyn Page with Kansas Global and representatives from Global Parts, Midwest Corporate Aviation, McGettrick Structural Engineering and Global Aviation Technologies.

“We have set the foundation for future trade activity through agreements with key Chinese aviation cities,” Brewer said in a news release. “Now, Wichita aviation companies have the opportunity to walk through the doors we’ve opened.”

Wichita and Xi’an previously signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining a cooperative agreement on general aviation.

In July, a group of delegates from Xi’an visited Wichita to agree to work on supply chain localization, education, training, airport management, financial services support and bilateral investment. The delegates also toured Beechcraft and Cessna while visiting.

The liaison office in Xi’an is part of the Global Air Capital-China program, designed to promote Wichita’s aviation industry in China. The program is managed by Kansas Global. The new office is sponsored by Zheng Jungli, an aviation investor from Xi’an, according to the release.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.