JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Boeing and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority have entered into a 25-year lease agreement to expand the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations at Cecil Field, the aviation authority said Thursday.
Under the agreement, JAA will build new facilities, including approximately 270,000 square feet of hangar space and over 100,000 square feet of office space on an area of 30 hectares near Boeing’s existing MRO facility, and lease these facilities to Boeing. Construction work is scheduled to begin next fall and will be completed by January 2024, according to a JAA publication.
“Since taking ownership of the Navy, the agency has developed Cecil into one of the premier aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul airports in the United States,” said Mark VanLoh, CEO of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority. “This announcement is one of the most significant in the history of the JAA and demonstrates what an economic powerhouse Cecil Airport is for Northeast Florida.”
After opening in 1999, the Boeing Cecil Field facility has worked on maintenance, modifications and upgrades for nearly 1,000 military aircraft, including the F / A-18 AD Hornet, the F / A-18 E / F Super Hornet and the EA 18G growler. There is also a flight control repair center here, where Boeing has converted F / A-18 Super Hornets into aircraft for the Navy’s elite Blue Angel squadron.
“This investment in facility improvements supports our ability to provide current and future defense services at the Cecil Field site and is in line with Boeing’s efforts to optimize the infrastructure,” said Warren Helm, Boeing Cecil Field site manager. “We are working continuously with our US defense customers to ensure that our change functions can support their readiness goals in strategic locations around the world. This new agreement builds on that commitment. “
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