Air Transport World

'First olive out of the bottle'; FFV Aerotech's $15 million maintenance facility will be the first in the U.S. exclusively for regional aircraft.

'First olive out of the bottle' Nashville--FFV Aerotech, Inc.'s soon-to-be opened $15 million, 75,600-sq.-ft. maintenance facility exemplifies the increasing level of sophistication of the regional-airline industry.

What makes this service center different from others is its scope of service and its exclusivity to this segment of the industry. Unlike other third-party maintenance facilities, where regional-aircraft work serves a subordinate role to jet transport service, FFV Aerotech's sole mission is "toward supporting regional airlines," said President Don Martin who, before coming here, brought back Continental Express carrier Rocky Mountain Airways from near ruin.

FFV Aerotech is a wholly owned subsidiary of FFV-AB Sweden, a multifaceted company dating back to the 16th century, when it made guns and gunpowder for Sweden's kings. Today, FFV employs 10,000 people in five divisions that operate in 11 countries.

"The whole idea of this facility is single source. …

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