Jet Midwest Technik plans to hire more than 75 new employees over the next year as its business grows thanks in part to a spate of airline mergers.
The company started operations in April with 17 employees in the former American Airlines maintenance base at Kansas City International Airport. It has since grown to 75 workers and expects to add another 75 and perhaps as many as 125 employees over the next year.
CEO Patrick Kraus said a major contract from Republic Airways Holdings to repaint former Midwest Airlines aircraft to Frontier Airlines colors is helping fuel the growth, and more work may be on the way helping Southwest Airlines repaint AirTran Airways planes.
Republic bought Frontier and Midwest in August 2009 and folded Midwest into the Frontier brand.
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"I would anticipate I'll paint approximately 100 airplanes and do heavy maintenance on at least a dozen aircraft over the next 12 months," Kraus said.
"The paint business is booming because of the mergers and acquisitions going on — Southwest and AirTran, United and Continental, Delta and Northwest. We'll get pieces of them," Kraus said.
The company also has purchased four MD-80 aircraft and is refurbishing them for sale to carriers in China, the Middle East and South Africa. Kraus said a full aircraft maintenance crew should be on the job at his facility within the next few days.
"We want to grow responsibly and make sure we're not overextended," he said.
For information on job opportunities, go to www. jetmidwest.com. Nine job descriptions are listed. All applicants must submit resumes and complete applications on the website.
Kraus said his firm could have 200 people working at its KCI facility a year from now if it wins business from Southwest.