After 10 years in development, Sino Swearingen is now building the first customer SJ30-2 business jet, S/N 005, at the company’s 87,500-sq-ft Martinsburg, W. Va. factory. The completed aircraft is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of next year, nine months after the Williams-powered jet is anticipated to receive its type certification.
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Sino Swearingen appointed Air Touring, based at London Biggin Hill Airport, as the authorized representative for SJ30-2 business jet sales and service in the UK and Northern Ireland. Air Touring will take delivery of six SJ30-2s between 2004 and 2006. Sino Swearingen, with headquarters in San Antonio and manufacturing facilities in Martinsburg, W.Va., expects to start delivering SJ30-2 business jets next year.
New investors are acquiring control of Sino Swearingen Aircraft and finalizing plans to resume production of the SJ30-2 business twinjet.
In a guest column in the Martinsburg Journal, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) expressed optimism about the Sino Swearingen SJ30 jet program. Sino Swearingen’s Martinsburg factory builds the wings and fuselage for the SJ30 and ships them to the company’s headquarters in San Antonio for final assembly.
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.
On Friday, Taiwanese-backed Sino Swearingen furloughed 100 production-line workers at its San Antonio final assembly plant for the SJ30 light jet, as well as 30 at its subassembly manufacturing facility in Martinsburg, W. Va. V-p of sales and marketing Bob Kromer told AIN that the “temporary” layoffs are due to hiring getting ahead of current SJ30 production capabilities.