SAVANNAH, Ga., May 16, 2011 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has added two new European warehouses to its growing product support network, increasing parts and materials on the continent to approximately $110 million. This investment allows for faster, more cost-effective distribution to Gulfstream’s growing international-based fleet.
“We are putting more parts and people overseas to support our growing international customer base,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “We want our international operators to continue getting replacement parts as quickly as possible. These new facilities give us even better access to logistic suppliers and courier services, so we can keep our commitment to providing the right parts, at the right place, at the right time, with the right documentation.”
At approximately 8,000 square feet (743 square meters), Gulfstream’s new facility at Madrid Barajas Airport in Spain is larger than the company’s previous warehouse, which was also operated by Corjet Europe, a Gulfstream authorized warranty repair site. The parts depot, which holds nearly $65 million in Gulfstream parts, accommodates large items such as landing gear and windshields, and has 2,500 square feet (232 square meters) of climate-controlled space to store perishables, including batteries.
“We are right across the street from the Iberia and Lufthansa airline terminals and within walking distance of FedEx, so items leave here very quickly,” said Dirk Baber, a 24-year Gulfstream employee, the on-site manager. “We also have the ability to hand-deliver parts in Europe with our delivery vehicle or by using Iberia.”
Gulfstream’s new Luton, England, warehouse is approximately 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) and complements the 2,000 square feet (186 square meters) of existing space that site personnel use for parts inventory in the nearby service center hangars. Since 2010, Luton’s inventory has increased from $25 million to approximately $40 million.
“We are excited about our new capabilities,” said Ian Whitehead, Luton’s parts and materials manager. “Some American operators who come to Luton in transit don’t realize we have over-the-counter sales. Our expanded space will better serve all our customers.”
Gulfstream’s Madrid and Luton facilities can ship parts anywhere in Europe or the Middle East within 24 hours and offer a 24-hour call-in number for customers who need parts support.
Gulfstream also has approximately $9 million in parts and materials at the Jet Aviation facility in Basel, Switzerland. Gulfstream and Jet Aviation are wholly owned subsidiaries of General Dynamics.
Worldwide, Gulfstream has $1.2 billion worth of parts and materials available through 16 distribution centers.
$40 million parts inventory to be located at Madrid-Based CORJET.
As Luton’s general manager, Fonseka will handle the facility’s daily operations and anticipate the needs of Gulfstream customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.