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Airplane mod center pulls back Wichita operations

Emerald Aerospace has scaled back its operations in Wichita, leaving 200,000 square feet of hangar and other space at Air Capital Flight Line in part of the former Boeing Wichita Modification Center.
Emerald Aerospace has scaled back its operations in Wichita, leaving 200,000 square feet of hangar and other space at Air Capital Flight Line in part of the former Boeing Wichita Modification Center. File photo

Seven months after Emerald Aerospace announced its opening, it has pulled back its local operations, including leaving 200,000 square feet of hangar and other space at Air Capital Flight Line.

Larry Pope, Emerald senior adviser, wouldn’t provide many details on what exactly has happened at the company but said it has scaled back its operations in Wichita.

“We do have a core group remaining in Wichita,” Pope said Thursday.

Pope declined to say how many people remain with the company or whether any employees were let go.

“We’re not going to comment on personnel matters,” he said. “At this time we have scaled back operations in Wichita.”

In April, Emerald announced its opening at Air Capital Flight Line in part of the former Boeing Wichita Modification Center. It said it had 26 employees, many of whom were former Boeing Wichita modification workers.

The company aimed at using the former Boeing aircraft hangars at 4174 S. Oliver to do completions and modifications of special mission and VIP aircraft, aircraft acquisitions management and program management. The modifications would include aircraft up to the size of Boeing 747 jumbo jets.

Pope said Emerald remains in business and is “in the process of establishing other operations,” but he wouldn’t say where those other operations would be.

The space Emerald occupied on South Oliver included two hangars large enough to house four Boeing 747s.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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