Emerald Aerospace

Emerald Aerospace plans to employ as many as 700 people in five years.

Emerald Aerospace, which has taken up residence at the Air Capital Flight Line in Wichita, plans to hire between 600 and 700 people in the next five years.

According to a report from Aviation Week, the company has hired 26 people so far.

Most of those, says Emerald chairman and CEO Ahmed Bashir, are The Air Capital Flight line sits on the former Boeing property in southeast Wichita, where Emerald will specialize in VIP VVIP and Head-of- State aircraft interior completion work.former Boeing employees.

According to Bashir, the firm has its first customer, which see it do

completion work on an aircraft for an international head-of- state.

Its space at the Air Capital Flight Line, 200,000 square feet, can accommodate aircraft as large as a 747. Representatives for the company have not responded to WBJ requests for comment.

However, Bashir told Aviation Week that the company plans to grow to annual revenues of between $200 million and $300 million in the next five years, and that both that and the upward of 700 jobs it plans to add could both increase as it expands into work on military aircraft.

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