New Gulfstream service centre opened at Farnborough
Gulfstream’s new customer support service centre opened for business at Farnborough Airport in the UK this week (July 27th) taking its first aircraft, a Middle East-based Gulfstream G450, arriving for scheduled maintenance.
The facility is 225,000-square foot (20,903-sqm), accommodating up to 13 large-cabin aircraft, including the Gulfstream G650, G650ER and the Gulfstream G700. Named Gulfstream Farnborough, the operation offers maintenance, repair and overhaul services, as well as interior refurbishments and after-market modifications.
“Gulfstream Farnborough is already seeing great demand,” said Derek Zimmerman, President, Gulfstream Customer Support. “This opening marks the completion of another goal in our overarching strategy to enhance convenience and increase options for our customers. The new facilities we are building can better accommodate more of the increasingly popular large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft our customers are flying around the world.”
In line with Gulfstream’s and Farnborough’s sustainability strategy, the facility has been designed with the environment in mind. Rainwater harvesting, radiant heating systems in the purpose-built hangar, intelligent lighting controls and heat recovery systems all reduce the facility’s carbon footprint. According to Gulfstream, the building is expected to achieve a ‘Very Good’ Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating.
Meanwhile, Gulfstream’s Field & Airborne Support Teams (FAST) continue to maintain a presence at London Luton Airport for arrivals, departures and aircraft-on-ground service.
In the US, Gulfstream Customer Support has expanded throughout the country with new facilities opened in Savannah; Appleton, Wisconsin; Van Nuys, California; and under construction in Palm Beach, Florida.
Elsewhere, Gulfstream has appointed Josh Thompson, of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (OTS), as the company’s new chief financial officer; effective from August 3rd.