Gulfstream Aerospace is set to open a new, larger, purpose-built service centre at TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK.
Scheduled to become operational by the third quarter of 2020, the new facility will expand Gulfstream’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation in the London area.
Gulfstream’s existing MRO at London Luton Airport, which spans over 85,000ft², has seen a significant increase in on-site traffic and road trips for several years.
Gulfstream Product Support president Derek Zimmerman said: “In recent months, we’ve announced several new MRO facilities and expansions, including in Van Nuys, California; Appleton, Wisconsin; Savannah and now the UK.
“The growth of the Gulfstream fleet and increased size of our aircraft are driving the need for continued growth and additional capacity in our service centre network.
“Across our US and international sites, we strive to provide customers with an exemplary experience in modern, purpose-driven service centres that maximise operational quality and efficiency.”
Gulfstream’s new MRO is expected to spread across 180,000 to 220,000ft². It will house office space, customer areas, shop space and a hangar that can accommodate up to 13 large-cabin aircraft. Plans are in place to include significant ramp space, along with an automobile parking area.
Gulfstream stated that all of its current capabilities at Luton, which include maintenance authorisations from the US Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency and over 20 other civil aviation authorities, will be replicated at Farnborough.
Zimmerman added: “We chose TAG Farnborough Airport because it is a London gateway airport dedicated exclusively to business aviation. Frequented by many of our operators, it offers amenities that complement our brand, with the space required for our current construction plans and future growth.”
A wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, Gulfstream Aerospace, designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services business jet aircraft. Since 1958, the company has produced more than 2,800 aircraft for customers across the globe.