Gulfstream breaks ground on phase two of service center

 - November 3, 2008, 9:06 AM

The second phase of a new Savannah Service Center for Gulfstream Aerospace is under way and slated to enter service by next year’s third quarter. According to Gulfstream, it will be the largest maintenance facility in the world built specifically for business jets.

The second phase, which covers 348,248 sq ft, will include a hangar building that can accommodate 18 large-cabin aircraft, offices, an engine run-up area for customers and additional repair shops, and 1,170 parking spaces for employees.

The 330,951-sq-ft first phase, which opened in August 2007, also has a hangar that can house 18 large-cabin aircraft, offices, repair shops, a fuel farm, an engine run-up area and a cafeteria.

The new service center is part of a seven-year, $400 million long-range expansion plan that Gulfstream announced in 2006 and will occupy 76.6 acres at the southwest corner of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. When completed, the current Savannah service center will become a completions facility for the new Gulfstream G650.