After years with no factory-owned service center in the Northeast U.S., Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has finalized an agreement to open a facility at New Castle Airport, in Wilmington, Del. HBC (formerly Raytheon Aircraft) used to have a Northeast facility at Atlantic City, which opened in 1999 and was sold in mid-2006. “Hawker Beechcraft has a large fleet of customers residing in the Northeastern United States where we have not had a factory-owned service center in place for many years,” said Christi Tannahill, HBC vice president, Global Customer Support. “Our customers have been requesting such a facility in the region and…we are responding to their interest.” The facility will be housed in the 60,000-sq-ft former MBNA corporate hangar, which the Delaware River and Bay Authority purchased for $5 million in 2007. HBC will update the facility with customer offices, including computers, Wi-Fi, printers and telephones and offer maintenance for the line of HBC aircraft. HBC’s initial lease term is for seven years with options for three additional five-year periods. The Authority and HBC are splitting the cost of facility improvements, and the Authority is financing construction of 7,000 sq ft of additional shop space.
Hawker Beech Services Returning to Northeast U.S.
- July 6, 2011, 9:13 AM