Cessna Aircraft Co. has entered into a contract with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd., (CAIGA) to form a joint venture company to conduct final assembly of Cessna Caravans in China for the Chinese market.
The joint venture contract also contemplates the possibility of designing and assembling new models of utility turboprop aircraft in the future, Cessna officials said, adding formation of the joint venture company remains subject to various government approvals and customary conditions.
Cessna’s Wichita operations will provide components and parts manufacturing and sub-assemblies for the Caravan aircraft to be sold by the joint venture. Joint venture operations in Shijiazhuang will be designed to conduct final assembly, paint, testing, interior installation, customization, flight testing and delivery of the Cessna Caravan to in-country customers.
Management of the joint venture will include board members from both Cessna and CAIGA, with the general manager to be nominated by Cessna and the deputy general manager to be nominated by CAIGA.
“Cessna continues to work closely with our partners at CAIGA to bring high quality aircraft to the Chinese market that meets customer expectations for reliability,” said William Schultz, Cessna’s senior vice president of Business Development, China. “As general aviation continues to grow in China, Cessna is committed to offering the right products to serve the market complemented by the company’s unparalleled customer service.”
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