Company opens new parts and tooling distribution center
Jacksonville, FL, March 17, 2015: Flightstar Aircraft Services is streamlining its internal supply chain operations with its acquisition of a 52,000 square feet climate controlled facility. The Company spent over 12 months redesigning order fulfillment and distribution processes to combat material support challenges associated with growing its airframe MRO business. The company’s CEO, Jerry Hernandez, stated, “Not only does this facility’s design better support our materiel requirements, but it’s proximity to our three hangars offers a paramount advantage as well.” Flightstar’s development at Cecil Airport is aimed at building an aviation center of excellence for airframe maintenance and modification services. The centralized storage facility includes three bulk storage mezzanines, overhead cranes, high density shelving, and industry standard pallet racking; significantly increasing the company’s workflow and parts storage positions. The current floor plan incorporates over 30,000 unique bin locations and a significant amount of lay-down and elevated storage capacity.
The facility will house operations responsible for purchasing, receiving, order picking, consolidation, shipping, distribution, and reverse logistics. As like most Distribution Centers, the facility will serve as a back bone for efficient front-line store fronts and production friendly point-of-use locations located within Flightstar’s three large hangar operations. Opening a centralized distribution center was logical choice for a company who continues to strive for increased operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Flightstar Aircraft Services, LLC is a leading provider of heavy maintenance, repair, and overhaul (“MRO”) services to the commercial aviation industry. As a FAA Part 145 Repair Station with Class IV unlimited rating certification, the company offers a vast array of MRO, modifications, passenger-to-freighter (“PTF”) conversions, and aircraft painting services. Founded in 2000, Flightstar is strategically headquartered at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, FL and employs over 1,000 non-unionized employees. The company operates three hangars encompassing over 460,000 square feet, with the capability to support up to 20 visits simultaneously. In support of aircraft visits, Flightstar operates a dedicated, 35,000 sq. ft. coating bay capable of performing full aircraft strip and paint services on B767-300 sized aircraft. Additionally, the company maintains a climate controlled warehouse with total footprint of 52,000 square feet.