WICHITA, October. 17, 2014 — Textron Aviation, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it will open a larger, state-of-the-art service center at Paris-Le Bourget Airport, making maintenance and modification work even more convenient for Europe’s Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker owners.
The new facility will include more than 156,000 square feet of customer, office and maintenance space, about three times the size of the equivalent facilities in Textron Aviation’s current Paris Citation service center at Le Bourget. The service bay in the new center will be more than 42,000 square feet, twice the space of the existing service bay. The new location at Le Bourget will offer direct access to parking and customer areas without the need to drive through airport gates, as well as larger, improved accommodation for customers.
“Our global service network remains a key factor when Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker customers select us as their business aviation partner, and we continue to focus resources in the network to keep this commitment strong,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service. “Our original Paris facility has been our European flagship for some time, and the new, expanded space at Europe’s busiest business aviation airport will allow us to more quickly meet the service requirements of our customers coming in from across the region.”
Textron Aviation opened its first service center outside the U.S. in Paris at Le Bourget in 1997. Its present location at the airport has prevented expansion to meet the demands of the constantly growing European fleet of Textron Aviation’s family of aircraft, prompting the company to lease the new facility. Textron Aviation will transition over to the new facility in the coming weeks and begin full operations in November.
“Our investment in our service network continues to set the standard for our industry around the world, and particularly in Europe,” Thress said. “We started in Paris, and the time is perfect to begin a new chapter in Textron Aviation’s history at Le Bourget.”
The new center is one of six company-owned Textron Aviation service centers in Europe and one of 21 company-owned centers globally. The Paris facility also offers a mobile service offering allowing customers to receive service at their jet’s location. Field support is available through Citation’s AOG Go Teams, HomeService, and Temporary Personnel Support. All six Textron Aviation European service centers hold European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification as a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO).
About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive 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. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit textronaviation.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 Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.
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