Textron Aviation is adding 16,000ft² to its interior manufacturing facility (IMF) to support growing demand for custom Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft interiors.
Located in Wichita, Kansas, the IMF campus is a state-of-the-art facility for aircraft interiors manufacturing. The expansion enables Textron Aviation to streamline production processes by centralising machinery within the space to support efficient interior manufacturing for its entire line-up of Cessna Citation jets, as well as Beechcraft King Air and Cessna SkyCourier turboprop aircraft.
“Our highly skilled team designs each interior to create a customer’s ideal aircraft environment and experience, such as relaxation, innovation or productivity,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, customer experience. “This expansion supports our team in exceeding our customers’ expectations with unmatched quality, craftsmanship and efficiency.”
The larger footprint allows the company to support new models like the Cessna Citation M2 Gen2, CJ4 Gen2, Cessna SkyCourier, Beechcraft King Air 360 and King Air 260. Two products currently in development – the Cessna Citation Ascend and the Beechcraft Denali – will also be supported at the IMF facility once entered into service.
Consistent with the company’s commitment to sustainability, the facility upgrades include energy-saving LED lighting and high-efficiency systems. Construction on the expansion is expected to be completed mid-2024.