St. Louis, MO / November 08, 2012 – Jet Aviation St. Louis is on track to deliver its 200th green completion in December. Continuous improvement initiatives have increased the efficiency of the completions process and resulted in improved delivery times.
With the 16 most recent aircraft delivering ahead of schedule, Jet Aviation St. Louis has developed proven systems for building highly customized aircraft in an efficient way. The company has implemented 5S and Lean technologies and established a Continuous Improvement department.
“Our completions experience has made us experts at building aircraft and at building the tools we use to manage the aircraft production process,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president and general manager, Jet Aviation St. Louis. “From improved data management to shop floor layout, we have looked at every variable involved in the process and worked to make it better.”
Jet Aviation St. Louis has completed 197 aircraft in its history, but it began its completion business in earnest in 1997 with its first Challenger 601 completion. The pace has accelerated considerably in recent years, with 97 aircraft delivered since 2008.
Jet Aviation St. Louis is a full-service aircraft maintenance, modifications and completions provider certified to AS9110C, ISO 140001:2004 and OHSAS 18001-2007 standards. The company employs close to 1,000 people at its St. Louis Downtown Airport location. Jet Aviation St. Louis has in-house design and engineering departments, along with on-site cabinetry, upholstery, composite, avionics, sheet metal and paint shops. Jet Aviation St. Louis is a Bombardier, Embraer and Gulfstream authorized service center and a Dassault Falcon and Hawker center of expertise. It also is an authorized service center for GE, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell engines. The location also offers FBO services. For more information, visit www.jetaviation.com/stlouis
Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Close to 5,000 employees cater to client needs from 25 airport facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, FBO and fuel services, along with aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and personnel services. Jet Aviation's European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of more than 200 aircraft. Please visit www.jetaviation.com and follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/jetaviation.
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Jet Aviation provides aircraft maintenance, completions, management, charter, sales, and FBO services.
The teams and operations managers are: Bob O’Leary: Hawker Beech/Falcon; Shawn Miller: Global business operations; Morris Smith: Gulfstream; and Vinnie Venditto: Challenger.
Jet Aviation St. Louis is the first company to install Honeywell's DU-875 flight deck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600.