As General Electric phases in its headquarters relocation from Fairfield, Conn., to Boston over the next several months, the company has leased hangar space from Rectrix Aviation at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass. (KBED), to be the new location for its corporate flight department.
In September, GE expects to have its full complement of some 70 department employees, as well as two Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW139 helicopters and two Bombardier Challenger 605s, occupying the 60,000-sq-ft hangar. The hangar was previously occupied by Rectrix’s aircraft, which the FBO/charter operator will relocate to its other facilities in Massachusetts.
“Bedford was chosen based on its proximity to our headquarters, its capability for serving corporate air operations, and its fully capable FBO [Rectrix] that allow us to help enable GE business,” said Mike Cairo, GE, deputy chief security officer and flight operations manager.
General Electric already has a significant presence in Massachusetts, with nearly 5,000 employees across the state in businesses including oil, gas, energy management and aviation. For example, GE aircraft engines are engineered in Lynn, Mass.