Skip to comments.$23 million Gulfstream project announced in Westfield (MA)
Posted on 10/08/2011 4:32:47 PM PDT by matt04
Gulfstream Aerospace has picked Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport as the new site for a $23 million maintenance facility for its new ultra long-range G650 corporate jet.
The project, announced Friday, is expected to add 100 jobs to the 130 technicians Gulfstream already employs at the airport. There will be 200 construction jobs associated with the 100,000-square-foot hangar.
Construction starts in April and the building is expected to be ready by the middle of 2013, according to Gulfstream, a unit of Virginia-based General Dynamics.
Gov. Deval L. Patrick expressed his excitement for the project. It goes announcement by announcement, ribbon cutting by ribbon cutting, and we wont stop until everyone who is looking for a job gets a job, Patrick said.
Gulfstream already has orders for 200 G650s for delivery starting next year at a cost of $65 million each, said spokesman Jefferson Miller III. With their long range, the G650 is expected to be very popular with executives doing business in Asia.
And all those planes need regular maintenance and repair. Gulfstream already has 2,200 of its planes in the air.
Gulfstream has had a maintenance facility in Westfield for 13 years having bought K-C Aviation from Kimberly-Clark Inc. in 1998.
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Have the Occupy Wall St protesters heard of this yet?
Poor corporate judgment.
100% union jobs.
Who is gonna buy them? Those evil corporations and rich fat cats,that’s who.
Close that plant! We want green jobs.
wait, wait, I just picked a green job from my nose..
The Gulfstream G650® offers the fastest and longest range of any business jet available today. At a long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85, it will carry eight passengers and a crew of four on nonstop legs of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km). That’s Dubai to New York, New York to Beijing or London to Buenos Aires with NBAA IFR fuel reserves. At high-speed cruise, Mach 0.90, it will transport your team from Los Angeles to London or Tokyo to Los Angeles in record setting time.
With a maximum operating cruise speed of Mach 0.925, the Gulfstream G650 will be the fastest civil aircraft. With a cruise altitude topping out at 51,000 feet (15,545 m), the Gulfstream G650 flies far above adverse weather and airline traffic. Think of it as having the sky all to yourself.
Flying farther and faster than any other business jet are significant benefits, yet the Gulfstream G650 still manages to provide best in class fuel efficiency at Mach 0.85 cruise speeds.
In addition to providing an ultra-large cabin with ultra-long range, the Gulfstream G650 also delivers excellent takeoff and landing performance with its 6,000 foot (1,829 m) balanced field length and 3,000 foot (914 m) landing distance, both at maximum weights.
Farther, faster, more fuel efficient and welcome at executive airports worldwide. The Gulfstream G650 will, quite simply, outperform any traditional business jet available today.
Nice looking equipment, lots of support jobs keeping them off the ground safely!