Agreement should add up to 50 jobs this year
March 28, 2012 5:21 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • A company at Southern California Logistics Airport has landed a competitive deal to service Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliners for the next 10 years.

Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technologies LLC, or PART, will be hiring between 35 and 50 new workers by the end of 2012, according to company CEO Johan Claasen, with more jobs expected over the life of the agreement.

The two companies celebrated the partnership during a ceremony at SCLA on Wednesday afternoon, complete with elected dignitaries and 787-shaped cake.

“We are grateful for this unique and exciting opportunity to work with Boeing and its customers,” Claasen said in a statement. “We look forward to a continuous expansion of our business, new employment opportunities for the city of Victorville as well as enhanced professional opportunities for our management and staff.”

PART has joined Boeing’s GoldCare program, which means it will compete with other pre-selected maintenance companies to perform scheduled and unscheduled work at SCLA on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, the long anticipated 747-8 and all Boeing aircraft included in the Boeing Aircraft Transition Services program, preparing planes for new ownership. PART and the other third-party companies will interact electronically with Boeing’s GoldCare Operations Center in Tukwila, Wash., which manages the program for its customers on a 24/7 basis.

“We have delivered seven bids to Boeing and were successful on two, three are still under consideration, one is postponed to a later date and we lost one,” Claasen said in an email.

In the beginning, Claasen said Boeing will perform the work as PART employees are trained to service the advanced aircraft.

“Boeing training for selected PART personnel is a substantial advantage for PART,” Claasen said. “We consider the B787 training as a high priority and will select our best and most promising staff for this training.”

They will then phase in having PART employees work under supervision from Boeing until the company’s workers are qualified to service the planes on their own, though Claasen said he believes there will always be a partnership between the two companies.

Each 787 will belong to a specific airline, so Claasen said the exact work needed will vary based on airline preference. But in general, he said PART workers will initially assist with work on interiors and communication and entertainment systems.

“Much of this work is intellectual property for each airline and we shall only know when the aircraft arrives,” Claasen said.

After about five years, Claasen said PART employees will begin assisting with actual maintenance work on the aircraft.

Maintenance or modifications can take anywhere from 14 to 90 days, Claasen said, with two shifts of workers and potential 24/7 schedules as business picks up.

The company is looking forward to hiring Airframe and Powerplant or A&P certified mechanics coming out of the new program at Victor Valley College, Claasen said.

Boeing has been testing engines and aircraft out of SCLA for a decade, including the much-delayed 787. The first planes were finally delivered for commercial service to All Nippon Airways in September, with Japan Airlines receiving the second set of Dreamliners on Monday.

PART has been operating at SCLA for eight years. The company has three hangars totaling 190,000 square feet, a 24,000-square-foot shop and seven acres of concrete aircraft storage space

Brooke Edwards Staggs may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at

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