King Aerospace to open Arkansas facility


King Aerospace (KACC) has signed a lease agreement for two hangars at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA). The agreement enables KACC to begin offering services including FAA Part 145 modifications and VIP interior refurbishment out of Arkansas. The facility, which will be called KACC ARK, will also provide maintenance, installation and programme management.

“Everything came together to make this opportunity right for us,” says King Aerospace president Jarid King. “This carefully planned growth broadens our support for customers and gives us the chance to touch even more lives.”

Upgrades have been made to the hangars including: shop facilities, spray booth, exhaust systems, LED lighting and fire suppression. The hangars can hold multiple, widebody aircraft, such as the Boeing 747, 767 and 777.

The facility had been dormant for years following the closure in 2004 of previous tenant, Ozark Aircraft Systems (OAS). This was the North American maintenance centre for International Lease Finance Corp.

“These hangars make us feel like the proud parents of twins,” said Jerry King, King Aerospace founder and chairman. “We see the possibilities and will be good stewards so we fully realise their potential. We’re working to keep them well fed. We do this out of love and are proud of them already.”

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport CEO, Aaron Burkes said: “We expect this announcement to stimulate other aeronautical industries to explore the amazing opportunities for industrial growth at the Northwest Arkansas National Airport.”