Textron says all areas and positions are affected at Beechcraft and Cessna. The cuts include salaried and hourly jobs from management to contract workers.
It takes products from many different companies to put together a business jet.
"There would be a supply chain manager for Cessna who deals and works with how things are distributed to them in a timely manner," said Jeremy Hill, Director of Economic Development and Business Research, Wichita State University.
Although Textron has not yet said specifically which positions were terminated, employees tell us supply chain jobs were a focus.
"They don't need two people trying to identify input goods to some of these products, right? You might just need one person," said Hill.
Hill said since the aviation industry went down nationally, this might be the last area for some companies to cut. With the merger, Hill said consolidation makes since.
"They're down to probably the bare minimum of production workers," said Hill. "They've cut down a lot of the management."
Hill said although layoffs seem negative, they are actually much better for consumers.
"There will be a lot of efficiencies gained by this merger," he said. "That's good for the company, it's just not good for the people within Wichita."
Hill said at it's peak, the aviation industry employed more than a third of Wichita's workers. Currently those numbers are down to about one-fifth.