On Thursday, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support marked the opening of its newest factory-owned aircraft maintenance facility at the former MBNA aviation site at the New Castle County Airport, New Castle.
The 60,000-square-foot Hawker Beechcraft Services Wilmington will serve as the northeast regional service center, a full-service maintenance repair and overhaul facility offering airframe, engines, avionics and mobile service support for the company’s entire product line .The operation is expected to generate up to 100 new jobs during the next five years.
“HBS Wilmington will give our large installed base of operators in this region a convenient location for the world-class customer service and support they expect from the industry’s largest factory-owned service center network,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, Global Customer Support. “With the help of the Delaware River and Bay Authority and Delaware Economic Development Office, HBS has transformed an existing training facility in Wilmington to meet the needs of our new northeast service center.”
“Hawker Beechcraft is ready to take off from Delaware, serving the company’s entire northeast region from this new facility,” said Alan Levin, director of the Delaware Economic Development Office. “The state was proud to invest in this operation, which has already put many skilled Delawareans back to work and more jobs are on the horizon.”
The site has 40,000 square feet of hangar space, 8,500 square feet of back shop space and 10,000 square feet of office space.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico.
The company is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and is drawing interest from the owner of arch rival Cessna.