Southwest Opens its Largest Hangar for Technical Operations at Houston’s Hobby Airport

Southwest Airlines officially opened a new maintenance facility at William P. Hobby International Airport and the airline says this underscores its commitment to safety while investing in the city. The 240,000 square foot maintenance complex, now the largest in the airline’s network, includes offices, training facilities, warehouse space, and a 140,000 square foot hangar. This…

Delta Air Lines Jet Slides off Taxiway in Kansas City

A Delta Air Lines plane slid off a taxiway early Friday morning, January 17, 2020 at Kansas City International Airport (KCI). The conditions on the runway were slick due to a winter storm that left the taxiways and runways slippery. The aircraft was taxiing out for takeoff and the nose wheel departed the taxiway after…

Boeing OKC Campus Sells To California Investors

One of the largest commercial real estate transactions in Oklahoma City history occurred in on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 when the Boeing Oklahoma City (OKC) campus was sold for $124,735,000 to OKC Aerospace 1, LLC. The transaction comprises the entire Boeing OKC campus consisting of three office buildings. The property is located directly west of…

Commercial Jet Names R. Rick Townsend as VP Sales and Marketing

Commercial Jet welcomed R. Rick Townsend as vice president sales and marketing. Townsend brings moore than 35 years of MRO industry experience encompassing senior level sales, business development, marketing, and customer support roles. Townsend has also played important roles in helping to build a couple of MRO facilities (FFV/Ascent) from the ground up in addition…

Turning Rock Partners Make Investment in Next Level Aviation

Turning Rock Partners, a private investment firm based in New York, announced the closing of a $15 million preferred equity investment in Next Level Aviation, based in Sunrise, Florida. Next Level Aviation is an ASA-100 accredited and FAA Advisory Circular 00-56B compliant supplier stocking commercial aircraft/jet engine used serviceable material (USM) for all Boeing and…

FAA Opens One-of-a-Kind Fire Research Facility in Atlantic City

The FAA completed construction and opened a new indoor fire research facility in December to conduct performance tests of potential replacement fire extinguishing agents. The work conducted in this new $5 million, 2,500 square-foot facility will support research on fluorine-free firefighting foams. The fully enclosed fire-test facility will eliminate weather related variables in testing and…

Spirit AeroSystems to Layoff 2800 Due to Lower 737 MAX Production

Spirit AeroSystems issued a notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of layoffs affecting approximately 2,800 employees at its Wichita, Kansas facility. Spirit says it is taking this action because of the 737 MAX production suspension and ongoing uncertainty regarding the timing of when production will resume and the level of production when…

Pegasus Airlines Flight Runs off Runway at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen

No injuries have been reported when a Pegasus Airlines B737 ran off the runway at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport earlier today. Passengers were evacuated from the aircraft via the emergency slides. The flight departed UAE and landed a few minutes earlier than scheduled at Istanbul. After landing the aircraft departed the runway, sliding to stop.…