Hawker Beechcraft´s sale of its fuel and line service business is almost complete.
The planemaker said Thursday that it is close to wrapping up the sale of most of its fuel and line service operations in Wichita and six other U.S. locations to fixed-base operator BBA Aviation.
Besides Wichita, the $ 128.5 million sale, announced in February, includes fuel and line operations in Atlanta; Houston; San Antonio; Indianapolis; Tampa, Fla.; and Van Nuys, Calif.
Fuel and line operations include services such as fueling aircraft and arranging catering on flights and providing transportation to passengers.
HBC said the sale in Van Nuys is awaiting regulatory approval.
BBA is the parent of Orlando, Fla.-based Signature Flight Support, a fixed-base operator that has 75 locations around the world.
HBC officials said because of the sale the company can focus on investing in its factory service center network.
In May, HBC said it was investing $ 14 million in a new service center in Mesa, Ariz., which will be the company´s 11th service center.
It also is spending $ 14 million on its existing service center in Indianapolis.
Its nine other service centers operate in cities such as Wichita; Little Rock; Chester, England; and Toluca, Mexico.
HBC spokesman Andrew Broom said the company did not have any announcements about additional facilities or improvements to its service center business.
Broom said providing factory service and support direct to its customers is HBC´s core competency.
"Fuel and (service) line, that is their (Signature´s) business," Broom said.
About 120 employees, including 24 in Wichita, worked for Hawker´s fuel and line service operations.