Deal will facilitate company’s expanding operations at airport
August 08, 2013 10:30 AM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer
VICTORVILLE • The City Council has approved an agreement between Southern California Logistics Airport and Boeing Co. that will allow the aircraft manufacturer to centralize its growing operations at SCLA — including Boeing’s “Aircraft on Ground” services.
“Aircraft on Ground has been largely responsible for a lot of the aircraft services related to the delivery of aircraft,” said Keith Metzler, assistant executive director of the airport authority, at Tuesday’s meeting. “AOG is also involved in expanding its presence and market share in the maintenance, repair and overhaul market for aircraft.”
Boeing plans to continue to conduct new aircraft testing, similar to its recent 787 Dreamliner flight tests, and support FAA Certification activities at SCLA, according to a news release from the Airport Authority.
“This agreement allows SCLA to better assist Boeing in satisfying the increased global demand for its aircraft,” said Victorville Mayor Jim Cox, who also serves as chairman of the SCLA board. “It also establishes a more committed Boeing presence and creates local jobs, which aligns with our long-term vision for SCLA.”
Boeing, which has operated at SCLA since 2003 as Boeing Capital, Boeing Hummingbird and AOG, will receive an initial three-year lease with three options to renew as basic terms of the agreement, the statement said.
The agreement helps Boeing provide its international customers with expanded aircraft transition and modification services, custom equipment installation on new aircraft and major structural repairs on current airline fleets, according to the release.
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