Houston-based luxury avionics, charter, and aircraft-maintenance company Million Air jumped into the Westchester market with its groundbreaking on Monday at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains. The event marked the beginning of construction on a $70 million fixed-base operation facility, which includes a 54,000-square-foot hangar and 20,000-square-foot terminal.
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Spanning 23 acres, the project represents a major step in Million Air’s reach toward the Northeastern market, and is set to complete its first phase in mid-2017. The terminal is to be built Adirondack-style, with exposed stone and timber, fireplaces, and compliance with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, specifications. In May, the Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously approved the company’s plan with a 30-year lease.
Hangar construction is currently planned to take about 10 months, while the fixed-base operation will span roughly 14 months. Over the next two years, the project is slated to add roughly 170 area jobs.
According to Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, “The addition of Million Air to Westchester’s corporate aviation market provides a state of the art amenity with a laser focus on providing an exceptional customer experience to the executives who utilize our airport.”
Gordon adds that the attraction, expansion, and retention of companies in the region demand such projects, reassuring residents that, “Million Air is known to be a company with outstanding corporate social responsibility values,” and, “This is indeed a win for economic development in Westchester.”