GENEVA (May 29, 2018) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced during the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) 2018 that it has expanded its London presence with a line maintenance station at London Biggin Hill Airport, further enhancing accessibility to factory-direct service and support for Citation, King Air and Hawker customers operating throughout Europe.
The Biggin Hill station opened earlier this month, making the expertise of Textron Aviation more accessible and convenient for business aviation operators who rely on the busy hub of London.
“In 2012, we committed to the European market to grow our service and support in the region. And five years later, we’ve delivered on that commitment,” said Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Customer Service “Our expansion efforts in Europe have been driven by feedback from our customers within the region. We have made great strides to increase accessibility to factory-direct service and support, as well as to parts inventory through the parts distribution center in Düsseldorf. The combination of these investments is yielding significant rewards for Textron Aviation customers in Europe.”
The addition of the Biggin Hill line maintenance station is the latest expansion by Textron Aviation to bring factory-direct service and support to customers in Europe. Since 2012, the company has grown its support footprint in Europe to include six company-owned service centers, six line maintenance stations and a team of more than 400 Textron Aviation staff, including engineers, service technicians and field service representatives.
Furthermore, as part of the company’s global parts distribution strategy, it established its European Parts Distribution Center in Düsseldorf, Germany. With a diverse inventory of more than 225,000 parts, the centralized facility allows for expedited parts deliveries throughout the region, maximizing operational availability for customers operating within Europe.
“With flight activity continuing to increase in Europe, we are poised to support our customers operating throughout the region,” said Shortt. “And as we continue to see the market improve, we are committed to further strengthening our robust support network in Europe and around the world.”
About Textron Aviation Service
Textron Aviation offers factory-direct service and support to customers throughout their entire ownership experience. Through a global network staffed with more than 3,000 employees, customers have direct access to a team of expert service representatives offering maintenance, inspections, parts, repairs, avionic upgrades, equipment installations, refurbishments and other specialized services. Textron Aviation manages a growing fleet of more than 60 mobile service units (MSU) and rapid response aircraft that can be mobilized to respond to maintenance events. By contacting 1CALL, customers are supported by a team of AOG specialists who deliver prioritized service and support during unscheduled maintenance events.
London Biggin Hill Airport
At Textron Aviation’s EBACE 2018 static display from left to right: Kriya Shortt, senior vice president of Customer Service, Textron Aviation; Robert Waters, business development director, London Biggin Hill; Heidi McNary, vice president of European Service Centers, Textron Aviation
About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation brands represent unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, offering an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled speed-to-market, Textron Aviation provides the most versatile and comprehensive business and general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft and a complete global customer service organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in over 143 countries. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s most capable global service network. For more information, visit www.txtav.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.
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