King Aerospace is planning an expansion project to open a third-state location and increase its work in specialized and advanced aviation systems integration and modification projects on large aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and 777. A Dallas-based company that manages Boeing Business’s maintenance and modification center The Jets and other narrow-body and corporate VIP aircraft in Ardmore, Oklahoma, leased two hangars measuring 58,368 square feet at Northwest Arkansas National Airport (KXNA).
Its Arkansas facility will provide FAA Part 145 modifications, engineering and integration services such as upgraded on-board protection and next-generation information systems for government or quasi-state wide-body aircraft. The lease also includes 78,000 square feet of engineering, retail and office space.
This was announced by the founder and chairman of King Aerospace Jerry King AIN that even though the facilities he holds at KXNA have been vacant for about 10 years – they used to be the completion and maintenance center of Ozark Aircraft Systems, the North American maintenance center of International Lease Finance Corp. – during this time they were well served time. The hangars receive new LED lighting, paint, and security and fire extinguishing systems, the latter of which meet the requirements of the Ministry of Defense.
“We inspected various facilities throughout the United States, and it was reasonable for us because of its location,” King said. “We are close to Oklahoma City, where the Boeing military is located, and Tinker Air Force Base, which is a major hub for government procurement programs. This area was really popular with the people who once worked there, thanks to the quality of life. “
KXNA facilities are expected to open for occupancy on May 1. King said his company expects to start with 20 employees at KXNA and develop that.
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2022-02-14/king-aerospace-expanding-operations-arkansas King Aerospace is expanding operations in Arkansas