Mayor Carl Brewer will be in China this week, for the opening of a trade office that will promote Wichita's aviation industry.
Kansas Global Trade Services in Beijing will identify sales and opportunities for partnerships. It will also will work to connect Wichita and China businesses for parts, maintenance and other products and services.
Kansas Global Trade Services president Karyn Page says the office is a privately-funded pilot project. Its $300,00 to $500,000 budget will be funded by private sponsors in China and Wichita.
KGTS will oversee the fundraising. Just three weeks after the office began fundraising, Beechcraft and Cessna Aircraft already have donated enough to fund the program for the first year.
While in China, the Wichita contingent will also visit the China International General Aviation Convention.
The convention attracts industry and government leaders from around China, as well as Wichita manufacturers such as Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation.
A highlight of the convention includes a ceremony to note the delivery of a Beechcraft King Air C90 aircraft to the Civil Aviation University of China.