Kenny Dichter, the founder of Wheels Up, a private aviation company set to build its entire fleet with Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft, said he is pleased with the deal made by Textron. "Right across the street from Beechcraft in Wichita, Kansas, is Cessna, owned by Textron. ... When I saw those two companies coming together, I said, well, everything happens for a reason," Dichter recounted. China's Superior Aviation had also been interested in Beechcraft, but Dichter said they probably wouldn't have completed their deal for the King Airs if that had happened.

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