Cessna adds Spain service center, mobile service unit in France

 - May 3, 2010, 9:33 AM

Cessna Aircraft will begin construction of its new service center in Valencia, Spain, next January and expects to open it in 2012. The airframer has appointed Jacobs Engineering to design and build the new facility, which was announced last year as the latest addition to Cessna’s factory-owned support network.

Plans call for the new Valencia facility to encompass 64,000 sq ft of hangar space and 88,264 sq ft of offices, storage and shop space. In addition to its network of U.S.-based factory-owned service centers, Cessna also owns a service center at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. The Spain facility is centrally located to serve the more than 1,000 Citations based in Europe, 400 of which are based within a 90-minute flight of Valencia.

Cessna spent two years prior to last year’s announcement researching and negotiating with Spain’s Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea before signing a land-grant contract for the Valencia Airport location. Next year, Cessna will begin hiring technicians for the Valencia service center. Training will be provided by FlightSafety International.

Cessna (Booth No. 7091) also announced here that it is activating a European mobile service unit (MSU) by the end of this year. The exact location of the MSU has not yet been selected, but it will be in southern France and will cover that area plus Geneva, northern Italy and northern Spain.

The MSU is capable of line service through engine changes and major repairs. “The Cessna mobile service unit, part of our ServiceDirect program, has already proven its worth to our customers in the United States,” said Mark Paolucci, senior vice president, customer service. “With more than 1,000 Citations delivered to European customers, we have put a great emphasis on expanding service options here.”