Today the Wichita City Council learned of the proposed $1.79 billion dollar acquisition of Hawker Beechcraft by Superior Aviation Beijing Co. Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement.
“At this time, the City is working to gain a better understanding of how the proposed acquisition may impact our community. We understand the financial challenges Hawker has faced and are optimistic this acquisition could preserve jobs and help Hawker avoid difficult financial decisions. We’re encouraged by Hawker’s statement today which indicated Superior intends to maintain Hawker Beechcraft’s U.S. headquarters, management team and employees and continue product development throughout its commercial lines. We will continue to closely monitor this situation, remain in communication with Hawker and work diligently to protect the City’s investment and aviation jobs which are so vital to our community.”