Textron Aviation Expands Wichita Parts Facility, Adds Dallas Satellite
Textron Aviation plans to expand its parts facility in Wichita, by adding a 180,000-ft.2 expansion to stock and ship more parts in rapid fashion around the world, the company said during NBAA-BACE 2022.
It also plans to open a 12,000-ft.2 satellite facility at Dallas Love Field in response to high traffic and customer demand.
In Wichita, Textron Aviation currently stocks more than 120,000 parts for Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft.
“This expansion will give us the ability to provide even more exceptional customer service and parts shipments around the world to customers,” says Textron Aviation President and CEO Ron Draper. It will give customers later deadlines in the day to order a part and still arrive at 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. the following morning anywhere in the U.S., according to Draper. “That will make us more efficient and support those customers better,” he says. Work is expected to begin in the fourth quarter, with completion planned within 12-18 months.
In Dallas, Textron’s Satellite Service Center at Love Field is planned to be able to accommodate unscheduled maintenance and aircraft-on-ground (AOG) situations as an extension of the company’s factory service centers in Houston and San Antonio. The facility will employ more than 20 technicians on site.
“Dallas is an expanding market for locally based customers flying Textron Aviation aircraft, in addition to a large volume of transit customers doing business in the area,” says Brian Rohloff, Textron Aviation senior vice president of customer support. “These customers now have access to local factory-direct, expert service and support at our new satellite service center.”
The expansions are part of ongoing growth of the company’s facilities around the world. In recent years, Textron Aviation doubled the size of its of its European Distribution Center in Dusseldorf, Germany, expanded its Stuttgart facility in Germany and added a mobile service facility in Madrid.