Dassault increases service capacity

 - September 26, 2007, 10:36 AM

Dassault Aircraft Services plans to double the size of its Little Rock Service Center and is simultaneously implementing a multi-year expansion plan at Dassault Falcon’s Wilmington, Del. facility on New Castle County Airport. The Wilmington plan includes using an existing 22,000-sq-ft hangar for completions and adding more than 100 employees.

The completions will at first include NetJets Falcon 2000s line under a subcontract agreement with Dassault Falcon’s Little Rock completion center, the OEM’s primary completion facility. About 12 Falcons will be completed in Wilmington starting next year.

In addition, the Wilmington service center will add another 30 maintenance and technical personnel by the middle of next year, bringing the total number of employees to 400. The expansion will not affect Wilmington’s service capability.

The company also announced expansion plans for its Little Rock service center that will double the service square footage when the project is complete at the end
of next year. Nearly 100 jobs will be added over the next three years as a
result of this expansion, with the majority being positions for aircraft maintenance technicians and craftsmen.

The nearly $10 million project will break ground in the third quarter and
will be complete in the fourth quarter of next year. The new hangar will be able to accommodate up to six additional aircraft and will feature new back shop capacity. The back shops will handle light refurbishment of aircraft interiors and structures,
a task that was previously handled by the completion center. The new hangar will be located next to the existing service center.