Katie Arcieri, Triad Business Journal
North State Aviation, a Winston-Salem-based aviation maintenance company that employs more than 400 people, has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to perform work on the Airbus A-320 family of airplanes.
The company said it can now perform preventive maintenance, repair, inspection and alterations on Airbus 319, 320 and 321 airplanes. Other aircraft that can be worked on at North State’s facility at Smith Reynolds Airport are the Boeing 727, 737, 757 and 767.
North State President Charlie Creech said the addition of the Airbus family means “we have basically doubled the number of aircraft available for North State to maintain.”
“There are over 9,200 Boeing 737 aircraft in operation and over 7,100 Airbus A-320 family aircraft have been delivered commercially,” Creech said.
Since its founding in 2010 at the airport, North State has performed maintenance checks on more than 600 aircraft. The company has grown to more than 400 employees and now operates a second facility at the Global TransPark in Kinston, where it is expanding with 109 jobs for a new maintenance center.
North State is the largest tenant at the airport, where it occupies the majority of a former Piedmont Airlines building at 4001 N. Liberty St. and works on aircraft for United Airlines and other customers.