Textron Aviation expands line maintenance offering with new Bremen site

Apr 26, 2016

Textron Aviation has today announced the opening of its newest European line maintenance station in Bremen, Germany, further enhancing its service offerings for Citation, King Air and Hawker operators in Germany and throughout Europe. The company is leveraging facility space from Lufthansa Flight Training’s Bremen facility to bring line maintenance to customers in the northern region of Germany.

As two of the industry’s leading aerospace companies, Lufthansa Flight Training and Textron Aviation have enjoyed a long and successful relationship since 2008, when Lufthansa took delivery of its first Citation to provide jet training for its flight training program.

“With more than 250 jet and turboprop customers throughout Germany, we remain committed to making quality, factory-direct support convenient and accessible,” said Brad Thress, senior vice president, Customer Service, Textron Aviation.

Textron Aviation Line Maintenance

Textron Aviation expands line maintenance offering with new Bremen site

“Offering line maintenance at Bremen is further evidence of the significant investment we’ve made in our service network in Germany and throughout Europe. From the addition of a dedicated support aircraft to the expansion of our service center authorizations, the level of factory-direct support solutions we offer is unmatched in the industry.”

Line maintenance stations provide on the ground support and can perform a variety of services, including troubleshooting, minor repairs, component replacement and some service bulletins. With the addition of the Bremen site, Textron Aviation operates six line maintenance facilities across Europe, including year-round service in Luton, United Kingdom; Stuttgart, Germany; and Cannes, France, as well as seasonal service from June to August in Geneva, Switzerland and Nice, France.

The company provides a suite of complete maintenance and support solutions to a European fleet of more than 1,600 Citation, King Air and Hawker aircraft. In addition to six line maintenance stations throughout Europe, Textron Aviation serves its customers in the region with six company-owned service centers located in Doncaster, United Kingdom; Düsseldorf, Germany; Paris, France; Prague, Czech Republic; Valencia, Spain; and Zürich, Switzerland. In the last year, the company’s focused investments in Europe have resulted in a dedicated support aircraft serving the region and a European parts distribution center located in Düsseldorf, Germany, which houses more than 225,000 parts to serve the European fleet. With a team of more than 400 Textron Aviation staff comprised of engineers, service technicians, field service representatives and sales representatives based in Europe, customers in the region have local access to factory-direct expertise.

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First year a success for Cessna China Caravan aircraft venture

Nov 11, 2014

The joint venture between Cessna and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company (CAIGA) has seen its first year of operations as a success according to the US plane manufacturer. The Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Shijiazhuang) Co., Ltd. assembles and delivers Caravan utility turboprop aircraft for the Chinese market.

A Grand Caravan EX is one of four Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft at the Textron Aviation static display this week during Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai.

“The joint venture with CAIGA has been an efficient way to provide solutions to the marketplace as business aviation continues to expand in China,” said Bill Harris, vice president, Sales in the region.

“The reliability and versatility of the Cessna Caravan make it particularly well suited for growing global markets like China. We’re seeing customers order configurations for executive travel, hauling freight, aerial survey and tourism.”

Cessna-AVIC Aircraft

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) granted approval for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX to operate on floats in China in March of this year resulting in an increase in orders for amphibian models.

Previously unannounced orders for Grand Caravan EX Amphibian aircraft include Meiya Air for aerial sightseeing in Wuzhizhou Island of Sanya and Joy Air, which recently started charter tourism flights among Shanghai, Zhoushan and Shengsi Islands.

Caravan Utility Turboprop Aircraft

In addition, earlier this year the joint venture announced an order for 10 Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian aircraft from Reignwood Group to expand its aircraft services and operate tourism flights in the southeast part of China.

“We’re seeing a tremendous floatplane trend in the region as the number of operators increase to meet demand from tourists here,” Harris said.

First year a success for Cessna China Caravan aircraft venture

First year a success for Cessna China Caravan aircraft venture

“We are holding the first Floatplane Operator Conference in December at our Shijiazhuang joint venture facility to help build a community among current and prospective operators. We’re interested in supporting the long-term growth of the floatplane industry in China and general aviation as a whole, as our joint venture activity shows.”

The joint venture results from the agreement signed in 2012 with CAIGA, a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The joint venture began officially operating when its business license was approved in September 2013 by the Ministry of Commerce. Cessna’s Wichita, Kansas, operations provide components and parts manufacturing and sub-assemblies for the Caravan aircraft sold by the joint venture.

The joint venture operations in Shijiazhuang include final assembly, paint, testing, interior installation, customization, flight testing and delivery of the Cessna Caravan to in-country customers.

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