Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, an aerospace manufacturer specializing in business aircraft, has appointed CEVA Logistics to operate a new European parts distribution centre at London Heathrow Airport in the UK.
The facility will support Gulfstream customers in the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe and the Nordics with urgent high-usage items. It will also provide rapid-response support for technicians from Gulfstream’s service centre at London Luton Airport and Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Team (FAST) members based throughout Europe.
The facility replaces a previous operation at Madrid Airport in Spain. Its new location at London Heathrow provides access to more direct, non-stop flights. Since 2008, Gulfstream’s European fleet has almost doubled, from 109 aircraft to more than 200.
The facility, operated by CEVA within its main London Heathrow complex, comprises approximately 8,000 sq ft of dedicated space, and is operational all year round. It is customs bonded, providing Gulfstream with the opportunity to eliminate duties on inventory being held for re-export. In addition to operating the facility, CEVA will take care of all imports, exports, ground transportation and customs procedures.
CEVA has worked with Gulfstream for over 10 years in the US, where it has provided domestic and international freight management from its Atlanta facility. CEVA’s General Dynamics Account Manager, Steve Hunt said, “We are delighted that our proposal to operate the new European parts distribution centre for Gulfstream has been accepted. In addition to supporting Gulfstream’s European fleet, we are able to provide instant dispatch to all other Gulfstream locations around the world, so that use of available inventory can be optimized.”
The new European parts distribution centre is expected to hold over $50m in parts inventory by the end of 2015.
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