A “refocus” on Constant Aviation’s business prompted the closing of its facility at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport last week, the Cleveland, Ohio-based MRO provider announced late yesterday. Constant also said former Flexjet chief operating officer David Davies has been named its new CEO, replacing Stephen Maiden, who left the company on January 1.
In its announcement, Constant said its research shows a trend in greater demand for heavy maintenance inspections, particularly among maturing Bombardier Challengers that the company is “well positioned” to handle at its Cleveland facility. Aircraft paint and refurbishment, a specialty for Constant’s facility at Orlando Sanford International Airport, is another segment that the company has identified as a “high-growth opportunity.”
“Having concluded a deep analysis of the future of MROs, we are putting into place a business strategy to adapt to the changing needs of our current and future customers,” Davies said. “With growth in our AOG mobile teams and refurbishment business, we have decided to redirect our efforts toward Sanford and Cleveland. However, we intend to look at reopening Mesa in the future.”
Employees at Constant’s Mesa facility were offered comparable jobs at its other facilities, as well as at sister company Flexjet, the company said. When asked by AIN, a spokesman did not say how many Mesa employees were offered positions.