Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) has finalized agreements with the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) and the Delaware Economic Development Office to open a new Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) aircraft maintenance facility at New Castle Airport (ILG) in Wilmington, Del.
The facility will serve as the northeast regional service center for HBS. It is expected to open in the second quarter of 2012.
“Hawker Beechcraft has a large fleet of customers residing in the Northeastern United States where we have not had a factory-owned service center in place for many years,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft vice president, GCS. “Our customers have been requesting such a facility in the region and, with a dedication to providing a world-class customer experience, we are responding to their interest.”
“This decision means another great employer has chosen to locate in Delaware, bringing 100 new jobs over the next five years,” said Delaware Governor Jack Markell. “In the short term, we’re glad Hawker Beechcraft saw Delaware as the perfect fit for its maintenance operations and we will work to make sure they are happy here in the long term.”
Overall, the facility is approximately 60,000 square feet. This includes 40,000 square feet of hangar space, 8,500 square feet of back shop space, and 10,000 square feet of office space. The space will offer guest offices for customers to use while their aircraft is being serviced, with each workspace supplying office amenities such as computers, Wi-Fi access, printers and phones.
The new location will be a full-service maintenance repair and overhaul facility offering airframe, engines, avionics and mobile service support for the company’s entire product line from single-engine Bonanza aircraft to the Hawker 4000. HBS will immediately begin interviewing for key technical positions. Interested applicants can review the current open positions at MyHBJobs.com.