Seventy of the 250 nonunion jobs will be cut in Wichita, Kansas, where Textron Aviation, parent of Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft, is based. Textron Aviation is the area’s second-largest employer, with 9,500 full-time workers, according to a regional business organization. Spirit AeroSystems, which builds Boeing aircraft components, is the largest regional employer with 13,000 workers.
Wichita’s daily newspaper, The Wichita Eagle, reported that additional furloughs were possible at Textron Aviation. It cited a company letter to employees it had obtained that said “while there are some promising indicators, such as a positive sentiment toward general aviation, a rise in U.S. flight activity, and limited pre-owned aircraft available for purchase, a sustained increase in business activity is still needed.”
According to a June 18 filing with