Mon, Nov 29, 2004
Wichita Service Center Bigger Than Airport Terminal
Pop quiz: What building
at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is bigger than the airport
Answer: Cessna's huge new Citation Service Center.
In fact, the 443,000 square foot facility is the biggest
building anywhere between Denver and Kansas City. The $61 million
service center will employ 500 people over the next five years.
That number is expected to increase when the plant becomes a
finishing point for Cessna's new Sovereign jets.
Cessna has ten such facilities around the world. Project Manager
Joel Davis says the Wichita facility will be able to service 100
bizjets a day -- twice what the current facility can handle.
If you're bringing your jet to ICT for service at the new plant,
expect to be pampered. "You have customers coming in who bought a
$19 million airplane, and they expect something kind of nice," said
Cessna spokeswoman Jessica Myers in an interview with the
Associated Press. They'll have access to plush lounges and private
offices, as well as a full-blown restaurant and a gift shop.
Cessna started moving into the new facility over the weekend, a
process that should take about a month and a half.
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