• Textron Aviation's stable of aircraft includes the Beechcraft King Air 360. (Textron Aviation)
    Textron Aviation's stable of aircraft includes the Beechcraft King Air 360. (Textron Aviation)

Textron Aviation announced yesterday that maintenance and spares facilities at both Essendon and Jandakot will be expanded, and that subsidiary Premiair would change its name to Textron Aviation Australia.

Textron holds spares for and conducts maintenance on Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft.

Textron's Jandakot service centre will move to a larger premises with more space for servicing aircraft, which the company believes will increase capacity and aid in faster scheduling and minimal down-time for customers.

“Investing in a larger and modern Textron Aviation Service Center facility in Perth allows us to grow our capacity and better assist customers with scheduled maintenance, modifications and aircraft-on-ground support,” said Brian Rohloff, senior vice president, Customer Support.

“We take pride in enhancing the customer experience at all of our service locations to keep people moving and help customers evolve their aircraft to fit their missions.” 

In Melbourne, Textron will add 5000 square feet of new parts storage to a facility near Essendon airport close to the company's service centre. The expansion is expected to increase the regional parts inventory four-fold.

Textron Aviation is also adding a new in-region parts customer support and warranty team in Melbourne to support all Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker airframes.

“Increasing parts inventory and team members in Australia allows us to respond even faster to customers when they need support,” said Brad White, senior vice president, Global Parts and Distribution.

“With more than 1400 aircraft operating in the region, we’re making this investment in direct response to customer feedback and an increasing demand for parts availability globally.” 

Textron Aviation also announced all Premiair Aviation Maintenance facilities in Perth, Gold Coast and Melbourne are now operating as Textron Aviation Australia.

Textron acquired Premiair Aviation Maintenance in 2020 as part of a global maintenance and support strategy. Textron Aviation Australia has CASA approval to work on the range of Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft. 

Textron is expecting the Jandakot expansion to be complete before the end of July and the Essendon facility to be up and running by the end of this month.

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