SAVANNAH, Ga., May 12, 2008 – General Dynamics Aviation Services is expanding its Dallas Service Center by leasing a hangar from Signature Flight Support, a BBA Aviation company. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The 47,200-square-foot addition will house maintenance operations for the large-cabin, mid-range Gulfstream G200. Two existing and adjacent General Dynamics Aviation Services hangars at Dallas Love Field service other large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft as well as Falcon, Challenger and Hawker business-jet aircraft.
“This expansion further demonstrates the strength of our commitment to our customers in providing the very best in service and support,” said Larry Flynn, president, General Dynamics Aviation Services. “It also reflects the growth General Dynamics Aviation Services has experienced in the seven years since it was launched.”
The addition, which includes 31,000 square feet of hangar capacity and 16,200 square feet of shop and office space, boosts the company’s Dallas footprint to nearly 170,000 square feet. The extra room means the facility can handle eight additional aircraft. It also enhances the company’s refurbishment capabilities. In 2007, the General Dynamics Aviation Services Dallas facility serviced 2,652 aircraft.
The Dallas location employs some 870 people who test, maintain and inspect aircraft; fabricate parts; refurbish interiors; install avionics and carry out supplemental type certificates. The expansion is expected to result in an incremental increase in employment.
General Dynamics Aviation Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, was formed in February 2001 to meet the maintenance needs of Challengers, Falcons, Gulfstreams, Hawkers and other business-jet aircraft. The business-jet service company serves a broad range of business aircraft owners through regional maintenance centers in Appleton, Wis.; Minneapolis; Westfield, Mass.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Dallas; and Las Vegas. For more information, we invite you to visit our Web site at www.gdaviationservices.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 84,000 people worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of $27.2 billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at www.generaldynamics.com.
Upon completion in 2009, the overall service center will be the largest maintenance facility in the world built specifically for business jets.
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The new center will meet the ongoing demand for business-jet aircraft support, maintenance and refurbishment.