Gulfstream Aerospace announced during Ebace that it will expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations in the London area with a new and larger dedicated infrastructure at Farnborough Airport where a new service center is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2020.
“In recent months, we have announced several new maintenance centers and expansions, including Van Nuys in California, Appleton in Wisconsin, Savannah and now in the UK,” said Derek Zimmerman, President, Gulfstream Support Branch, adding, “The growth of the Gulfstream fleet and the increased size of our aircraft is driving the need for additional capacity in our service centers network. At all of our US and international locations, we strive to provide our customers with exemplary experience that maximizes quality and operational efficiency.” The company is committed to staying in the London area, which has the largest volume of Gulfstream traffic in Europe. London is home to the European Spare Parts Distribution Center near Heathrow Airport and the Mayfair Sales and Design Center. Gulfstream has more than 225 aircraft based in Europe, as well as 180 in the Middle East and Africa. “We chose Farnborough Airport because it’s a London-based airport dedicated exclusively to business aviation,” says Zimmerman, adding that this site is “used frequently by many of our operators, it offers amenities that complement our brand, with the space required for our current construction plans and future growth.” The new Gulfstream facility is expected to have an area of about 20 000 m2, including offices, customer spaces, workshops and a hangar for up to 13 large cabin aircraft. Important aircraft parking spaces will also be included, as well as a car parking area.