Delaware lures aircraft company to New Castle Airport, creating about 100 jobs

100 new jobs may be created over the next five years at New Castle Airport following a decision by Hawker Beechcraft Services to locate its northeast regional service center in Northern Delaware. 

The aircraft maintenance facility will cover about 60,000 square feet including hangar space, work areas and offices.  Aircraft repairs and overhauls will be done there.

“Our customers have been requesting a factory service facility in the region and, with a dedication to providing a world-class customer experience, we are pleased to be responding to their request,” Hawker Beechcraft Vice-President Christi Tannahill said.

“Hawker Beechcraft is an international leader in the development, construction and maintenance of aircraft and the DRBA is pleased to welcome a tenant of their reputation to New Castle Airport,” Delaware River and Bay Authority Commission Chairman Bill Lowe remarked.

Interviews are already being scheduled for positions at the facility.  More information is available at

“This decision means another great employer has chosen to locate in Delaware,” said Governor Jack Markell. 

The state offered several hundred thousand dollars in economic development incentives to HBS, which is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas.

The aircraft maintenance facility is expected to open in the second quarter of 2012.

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