NEW AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE FACILITY BRINGS NEW JOBS
ViaAir and Via Airlines are new to the region, but already doing amazing things to stimulate the local economy. When Mrs. Irit Vizer, company President and COO, bid to bring her air service to Beckley, she also proposed the construction of a new aircraft maintenance facility to service planes throughout the South East. This facility will be approximately 44,000sqft and will allow the 50 service technicians they plan to hire the ability to service aircraft that are up to the size of a 737. This new facility will be located North of the airport directly adjacent to taxiway “E”.
With assistance from the West Virginia Development Office, Congressman Nick Rahall, the Transportation Authority, the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, New River Community and Technical College, and Raleigh County Commission, the Raleigh County Regional Airport Authority plans to break ground at the beginning of January 2015.
While these highly technical and well paying jobs will be a boost to the regional economy, the ability to service aircraft at the same airport will increase efficiency of ViaAir service out of Beckley, and also establish Raleigh County Memorial Airport as a transportation hub in the South East.
Tom Cochran, Manager of the Raleigh County Memorial Airport Authority explains “Bringing this facility and these jobs to West Virginia has been a long process. We’re beginning to utilize the airport as an economic stimulus to create jobs and offer services to industries we haven’t been able to before, and taking advantage of the available land that has been here for years. This will allow us to expand our wings as a region into aviation and the maintenance industry to increase current and future growth opportunities.”
“ViaAir’s foundation has always been based around strong community involvement, development, and relationships” explained Irit Vizer, ViaAir President and COO.”We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to offer training and employment opportunities which will no-doubt, create a clear path for success to those wishing to transition into the aviation industry”
About ViaAir: ViaAir LLC is an indirect Air Carrier operating under DOT Regulation 14 CFR 380 together with its subsidiary, Via Airlines, as the Direct Air Carrier on 30 Pax EMB-120 (“ViaAir”). Via Airlines as the Direct Air Carrier has been providing Air transportation service for over 15 years operating 30 passenger EMB-120. ViaAir is known to have an excellent dispatch rate of over 98%, excellent safety record and client oriented service and support. Via Airlines was founded in 1997 and has grown to become a prominent Air Carrier operating 30 passenger planes while maintaining an excellent safety record and an excellent dispatch rates The company has earned an ARG/US Gold rating and continuously strives and maintains best-in-class safety, quality and customer satisfaction.