Sino Swearingen Plans First Delivery

 - November 16, 2006, 6:04 AM

San Antonio-based Sino Swearingen hopes to deliver its first SJ30-2 before the end of this month, some nine months after receiving FAA certification for the $6.19 million light twinjet. The statement was made in conjunction with an announcement last Thursday that Sino Swearingen will build a $20 million, 220,000-sq-ft manufacturing and assembly building at San Antonio International Airport. According to the company, the new facility will be completed late next year and by 2010 will be rolling out 100 SJ30-2s a year. The company also weighed constructing the new final-assembly site in Martinsburg, W. Va., where it already builds, and will continue to build, fuselages, wings and tails for the SJ30-2. Meanwhile, the company is still pursuing a production certificate that will allow it to build copies of the light jet en masse.