Cessna Teams With China's AVIC to Build Airplanes
March 23, 2012 – Cessna announced that it has reached an agreement with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to design and build a variety of airplanes in China. Plans call for development of a range of airplanes including piston singles up to business jets.
The deal announced is being called an "overarching" agreement between Cessna and AVIC meaning that no specific airplane projects or timetables are yet established. Future agreements will establish joint venture projects and will probably include establishment of an aircraft service network in China.
Cessna also announced a specific cooperation agreement with the Chengdu government and AVIC to begin negotiations to establish a joint venture for producing mid-size Cessna business jet models as well as developing potential new models.
Cessna President/CEO Scott Ernest called the agreement so far "strategic" and an "exciting" opportunity for Cessna. He also said that Cessna and AVIC are seeking to launch the first joint venture within the next year, but a timetable and what airplane may result in being built because of that agreement was not announced.