Wichita struggles under battered business aviation industry

10/12/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Wichita, Kan., the self-proclaimed "Air Capital of the World," is struggling under the strain of the recession-wracked business aviation industry. The dozens of airplane makers and suppliers in the city, including Cessna Aircraft Co. and Hawker-Beechcraft, have had to make major cutbacks, with Cessna alone announcing 8,200 layoffs and forcing hundreds of others to take furloughs, and the city's mayor, Carl Brewer, says Wichita simply may not be able to count on aviation in the way it traditionally has.

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