Citadel Completions is set to invest approximately $17.6m to set up an aircraft centre dedicated to interior jet modifications and maintenance at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US.

The aircraft centre is expected to commence operations by the third quarter of this year.

Citadel will deliver full-scale interior completions for luxury and commercial aircraft at the new aircraft centre, including Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 jets, as well as Airbus A330 and A340 jets.

Additionally, the company will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services once sufficient space becomes available.

“Citadel Completions has recognised the value of this facility and our exceptional workforce, and we congratulate the company on choosing Lake Charles for their completion centre.”

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said: “Louisiana’s established advanced manufacturing capacity provides unparalleled advantages for aviation and aerospace companies. That’s particularly true in Southwest Louisiana, where Chennault International Airport is one of our state’s great aviation assets.

“Citadel Completions has recognised the value of this facility and our exceptional workforce, and we congratulate the company on choosing Lake Charles for their completion centre, which will bring high-paying jobs and new careers in aviation to this region.”

At Chennault International Airport, Citadel will occupy an area of 150,000ft² for Hangar D and 112,000ft² for Hanger H, as well as a separate administrative building with 19,000ft² of space.

According to the plans, Citadel will hire 256 new direct staff for the project.

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) estimates that the project will create in 347 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 600 new jobs in Southwest Louisiana.

LED started reviewing project possibilities in May last year and entered discussions with the entity that would become Citadel in November.

Louisiana provided the company a competitive incentive package that includes performance-based grants of $7m to defray facility modification costs and $2m for lease support.