Local plane makers at the NBAA convention in Orlando Florida are continuing to see orders grow for business jets made in Wichita. This year over 70% of all new jet orders have come from over seas. Cessna Aircraft has now over 900 Cessna Citation jets in Europe and is building their second service center in Spain.
Bombardier Learjet is expanding their production facilities in Wichita and Mexico because of the introduction of the Learjet 85. Bombardier will hire almost 100 new engineers for the Wichita facility and will hire an additional 500 to 750 employees in Wichita by 2015 when the program is in full production.
Flight Safety International will add an additional 250 to 320 jobs in the Wichita area as it adds more aircraft simulators to it’s Hawker Beechcraft, Learjet and Cessna Training centers. Flight Safety trains pilots and maintenance personnel from across the world in its Wichita centers. Flight Safety employs around 450 people now.
“Good News for the Local Economy”
The annual business forecast for the Wichita area was just completed and 2009’s job growth is projected at 6,100 new jobs in Wichita. Jobs in the Aircraft sector, education and healthcare, local government and the Professional and business services will be growing. Several factors contributed to the good report: The multibillion-dollar backlog of aircraft orders will keep tens of thousands of highly paid workers on the job, the steady appreciation in the local housing market and there is plenty of credit for local businesses
The “Old Town” entertainment district in Downtown Wichita was just voted one of the “top ten neighborhoods” for revitalizing and cleaning up polluted areas in America’s cities.
The Wichita City council has approved $25 million in industrial revenue bonds to be used to purchase the Broadview hotel in down town Wichita and completely renovate the property down to its studs. The Hotel was purchased by the Drury hotel company and will be open for one year before closing for a year to completely renovate the property.