Central Flying Service buys Midcoast's LIT base

 - April 21, 2008, 6:19 AM

St. Louis-based Sabreliner has sold its Midcoast Little Rock, Ark. service facility to Little Rock-based Central Flying Service. The addition of Midcoast’s executive terminal, nine hangars, maintenance and paint facilities will expand Central Flying Service’s operation to 20 hangars and two executive terminals with a total of 525,000 sq ft on Adams Field at Little Rock National Airport. Maintenance capacity will double, and a new painting facility will be added. Employment will increase to 250 people. Sabreliner, which bought the Midcoast chain in 1994, will continue to hold on to the other three St. Louis-area Midcoast facilities. A Sabreliner official said retaining ownership of Midcoast Little Rock was “not fitting into our strategic growth plans.” Central Flying Service approached Sabreliner several months ago about buying the Midcoast facility.