An agreement reached by Bombardier executives and Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson at the Farnborough airshow to secure Wichita as the final assembly location for the Learjet 85 was formalized on July 30. The agreement will retain existing operations and create a minimum of 300 new jobs at the Learjet facility. Bombardier said it will invest a total of $600 million in the Learjet 85 program in Wichita.
The possibility of Hawker Beechcraft moving some of its Wichita-based manufacturing elsewhere came up again early last month with the release of the company’s second-quarter earnings.
Executive Flight Services, a subsidiary of Kansas City, Mo.-based Executive AirShare, established a maintenance base at Midwest National Air Center in Kearney, Mo. The company will continue to operate maintenance facilities at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers began contract negotiations with Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) today. The current contract expires in about a year, according to IAM Local Lodge 733. If a majority of members vote for the proposal, it will replace the current contract, but “there will not be a strike vote taken, and we cannot strike on this proposal,” said a statement from Lodge 733.
Executive Flight Services, a subsidiary of Kansas City, Mo.-based Executive AirShare, has established a maintenance base at Midwest National Air Center (GPH), formerly known as Clay County Regional Airport, in Kearney, Mo. Keith Plumb, president and COO, said the move was designed to take advantage of low fuel prices and operating costs in the area.
An agreement reached by Bombardier executives and Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson at the recent Farnborough airshow to secure Wichita as the final assembly location for the Learjet 85 was solidified on Friday. The now formalized agreement will retain existing operations and create a minimum of 300 new jobs at the Learjet facility. Bombardier said it will invest a total of $600 million in the Learjet 85 program in Wichita.
Some things are simply unthinkable, such as the city of Wichita without Hawker Beechcraft. But according to Machinists District 70, which represents some 2,400 hourly workers at the OEM’s Wichita plant, that’s what the company is considering.
In a letter to Hawker Beechcraft employees July 23, vice president of human resources Rich Jiwanlal dismisses union allegations that the Wichita-based OEM is planning cuts that “could shrink Hawker’s total hourly work force by as much as 75 percent within the next two years, without a guarantee of even the last few jobs remaining.” In his letter, Jiwanlal did not mention the union, but said, “News sources have speculated that 50 to 75 percent
According to Machinists District 70, which represents some 2,400 hourly workers at Hawker Beechcraft, the company is considering a move away from Wichita, the OEM’s home for more than 78 years.
A new 44,000-sq-ft maintenance training center has opened near the Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) Wichita facility and is offering a full schedule of technical training courses. It is a joint effort between Hawker Beechcraft and FlightSafety International. According to Christi Tannahill, vice president for Hawker Beechcraft global customer service and support, the first course offered is MxPro.