Western Global Airlines to open Shreveport facility; job growth expected
Posted on 5/9/2018 1:05:00 PM.

Western Global Airlines will invest 3 million dollars in a new Shreveport facility, which could lead to 170 direct jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates an additional 308 new jobs will be created by the facility run by the Florida based company. Secretary Don Pierson says they’ll take over the former Continental Express Jet hangar.

“They’ve got a fleet of Boeing and McDonald Douglas cargo aircraft and they needed a place to do maintenance on those aircraft, so, we’ve got a great facility up there,” Pierson said.

Pierson says there’s quite a few reasons why the shipping company, which conducts business with UPS and FedEx, chose the north Louisiana location.

“The availability of a hanger that accommodates these wide body jets, that work force that remained in the area, good weather conditions, sort of centrally located the U.S.,” Pierson said.

Pierson says the state will pitch in a million dollars in maintenance repair, because it’ll help put people back to work who lost their jobs when Continental Express Jet left the city.

“We’re now plugging in immediately, putting people back to work, working on airplanes at a job count of 50, which will ramp up to 170 or so, estimated,” Pierson said.

Western Global Airlines, Shreveport, Louisiana Economic Development

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