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However, it’s also unlikely Superior would move its entire production line to China because it then would lose its Federal Aviation Administration production certificate, said Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst with Teal Group, a Fairfax-based aerospace and defense analysis company. Ultimately Superior may just keep just some operations, such as Hawker’s parts and distribution business.

Superior is not a major aerospace player in China, and it is not clear whether its investors have the necessary connections to open up that market, he said.

“Now if AVIC or CAIGA say, ‘Great idea. We are joining in,’ then that would be a very strong message that the China market was opening up,” Mr. Aboulafia said. “Until then, these are just some people with a business with grand plans.”

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