International recognition of Air Capital of the World
Wichita is poised to become a major player in the future of aviation in China, a development that will solidify its status as “The Air Capital of the World,” Mayor Carl Brewer observed on return Monday from a weeklong trip to China.
The primary purpose of the trip was to participate in the opening of a Wichita office in the city of Beijing through a cooperative arrangement between Wichita-based Kansas Global Trade Services (KGTS) and Chinese investors. Karyn Page, CEO and president of KGTS, accompanied Mayor Brewer on the trip.
The opening of the Wichita-China Aviation Office is part of the Global Air Capital Program implemented by KGTS. The mission of the Wichita-China Aviation Office is to promote the Wichita aviation industry in China and identify sales and partner opportunities. The office is currently funded by private sponsors in China and Wichita. Oversight of the office is managed by KGTS.
“We received an enthusiastic response from Chinese government and industry leaders,” Mayor Brewer said. “Working with our aviation industry partners, we continued the positive communication that began with our previous visit to China.”
Major highlights of the trip included:
- Luncheon with the American Chamber of Commerce, announcing the opening of the Wichita Aviation Office of China. The event was attended by extensive media as well as representatives of GAMA (General Aviation Manufacturers Association) and the United States Embassy.
- Tour of the Wichita Aviation Office and meeting with North Asia General Aviation (NAGA) principals, the Chinese office hosts and sponsor.
- Meeting with Xi’an city officials. The conversations covered possible workshops to be held in Wichita and Xi’an, allowing government and industry officials to discuss possible business opportunities. More interaction is also planned with the China Aviation Industrial Base (CAIB) and the Xi’an Foreign Affairs Office (FAO).
- Mayor Brewer’s presentation of “Wichita – the Air Capital of the World” at the CIGAC (China International General Aviation Convention) General Aviation summit in Xi’an. The presentation drew enthusiastic applause and a number of media interview requests. (Mayor’s speech and PowerPoint attached)
- A “Wichita Night” at the aviation convention, drawing 100 guests from China’s general aviation industry.
- Signing Ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Wichita Aviation Office of China and CAIB to establish the first liaison office.
In addition to these scheduled events, Mayor Brewer and Page also had several unscheduled meetings with Chinese and international media along with officials of Beijing Capital Jet, Shenyang (city) China Council for Promotion of International Trade and the Civil Aviation University of China.
View international coverage of Mayor's visit:
Download the 2013 CIGAC General Aviation Summit PowerPoint Presentation and Mayor's GA Summit Presentation.