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Citadel Completions Planning a Busy Summer

June 14, 2019

Lake Charles – Temperatures in Louisiana are rising, and activity at Citadel Completions is heating up, as well.  Just over a year after opening their doors, Citadel hosted two more projects in June.  A privately-owned Boeing 747-SP arrived for minor modification and maintenance, capitalizing on Citadel’s unique facilities, capable of hangaring multiple wide-body aircraft.  Meanwhile, a corporate-operated Boeing 737 was also on site, with Citadel carrying out maintenance and repairs, as well as assessment of the aircraft’s VIP interior for potential updates.  As Citadel’s business continues to grow, there are more VVIP/VIP aircraft interior projects and other updates on Citadel’s horizon.  Stay tuned!… Read More

Citadel Completions Hosts President’s Support Team

May 31, 2019

Lake Charles, Louisiana – Citadel Completions was recently honored to host a U.S. Marine Corps VH-60N “White Hawk” helicopter in conjunction with a visit to Southwest Louisiana by President Donald J. Trump.  Ahead of the President’s pre-planned arrival, Citadel’s primary hangar was the temporary home for the VH-60N, as well as several Presidential motorcade vehicles and accompanying U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Marine personnel.  On May 14, 2019, President Trump landed at Chennault International Airport aboard Air Force One, and was then transported by motorcade to a local liquid natural gas facility where he spoke about future domestic job creation and energy infrastructure.  The VH-60N and its crew remained on standby in the Citadel hangar.  President Trump returned by motorcade, waving at Citadel team members as he drove by the… Read More

Citadel Completions Concludes EBACE Debut

May 23, 2019

Geneva, Switzerland – After an eventful week, Citadel Completions wrapped up the 2019 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) today.  It was Citadel’s inaugural exhibition at EBACE.  Having launched operations just over a year ago, Citadel highlighted its rapid growth and early project successes, drawing accolades and increasing attention from across the industry.  Citadel Completions provides VIP/VVIP aircraft interior modifications to private owner, government/head of state and corporate protocol operators of large aircraft.  Citadel also provides a full range of maintenance, repair and overhaul services.  Throughout the event, team members had fruitful interchanges with current and potential clientele, original equipment manufacturers and suppliers of VIP/VVIP interior products.  Citadel’s next trade show presence will be at the Monaco Yacht Show in September, where they will again collaborate with Edmiston, a… Read More

Citadel Completions Displays 747-SP at Chennault International Airshow

May 14, 2019

Lake Charles, LA – Over the weekend, Citadel Completions participated as a Premier Sponsor of the Chennault International Airshow. The feature performance at the show was the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, along with other aerobatic performers, vintage warbirds, exotic cars and a BMX motocross performance. Citadel was proud to have a customer’s VVIP 747-SP on static display, with public interior tours of the amazing aircraft. This gave Citadel the opportunity to showcase their capabilities to the community and to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs in Southwest Louisiana. … Read More

Citadel Completions Re-Delivers Boeing 737-700

May 13, 2019

Lake Charles, LA - On May 8, 2019, Citadel Completions successfully re-delivered a privately-owned Boeing 737-700.  This was Citadel’s second BBJ project since the company opened the doors at its facilities in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in March 2018.  Citadel performed a full interior refresh of the VIP interior, including seat reupholstery, interior panel and wood surface refinishing, carpet replacement and tile floor installation.  Citadel also carried out a heavy C-check inspection and completed aircraft system modifications.  The project highlighted Citadel's broad expertise and experience as the company continues to grow. Read More

Citadel Completions Hosts Louisiana Economic Development

May 10, 2019

Lake Charles, LA - Citadel Completions hosted the State of Louisiana’s Secretary of Economic Development, Don Pierson, and his team this week. We were excited to discuss local recruitment and future Citadel plans, and provide a tour of Citadel’s expansive facilities including our future design center area, hangars, manufacturing shops, and administration building. We concluded the tour with a walk through of our customer’s VVIP 747-SP. A return visit is expected later in the year to see Citadel’s ongoing progress. Read More

Citadel Completions Supports Chennault International Airshow

May 9, 2019

Lake Charles, LA - Citadel Completions is a proud Premier Sponsor of the 2019 Chennault International Airshow.  We were honored to present Kevin Melton, Chennault International Airport Executive Director, with a donation check that helps fund aerobatic performances as well as scholarships and grants promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in Southwest Louisiana.  Citadel will have a 747-SP on static display at the Airshow taking place May 10th-12th. Read More

Citadel Completions Hosts First Boeing 747-400 Project

April 29, 2019

Lake Charles, LA – In mid-April, responding to a short-notice customer need, Citadel Completions welcomed a uniquely-configured Boeing 747-400 into its facility at Chennault International Airport.   For several days, the 232-foot long aircraft, with a 211-foot wingspan, was comfortably and completely housed within Citadel's primary hangar, undergoing some minor maintenance and inspections.  Citadel's on-going interior modification and maintenance project on another customer's Boeing 737-700 continued unabated on the other side of the hangar.  Citadel's primary line of business is focused on VVIP/VIP interior modifications for large, narrow- and wide-bodied airliners.  But Citadel also performs a wide range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for private owners, corporate operators and head-of-state/government fleets, with repair station certifications from the US Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency and Bermuda Civil Aviation... Read More

Citadel Earns European Repair Certification

March 12, 2019

Lake Charles, LA – This week, Citadel Completions received its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 Maintenance Organization Approval.  Citadel’s previous and on-going aircraft modification and maintenance work on Boeing and Airbus aircraft has been carried out under US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority Part 145 repair station certificates.  The new EASA certificate now authorizes Citadel to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services on aircraft registered in any of EASA’s 32 member countries, which includes all members of the European Union and European Free Trade Association.  Earning these certifications required Citadel to satisfy each regulatory agencies’ requirements with fully developed Repair Station and Quality Control Manuals, acceptable facilities and equipment, and a fully qualified work force.  Citadel Completions is continuing to grow, with additional national… Read More

Celebrating 1st Anniversary, Citadel Continues to Grow

March 7, 2019

Lake Charles, LA – Earlier this week, Citadel Completions welcomed a VVIP-configured Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) into their facilities at Chennault International Airport.  Over the next few weeks, Citadel will be performing a refurbishment of the airplane’s customized, luxury interior, including replacing carpet, updating seating and upholstery, restoring wood surfaces, and other modifications.    Citadel will also perform heavy maintenance and inspections on the aircraft.  The arrival of the jet closely coincided with the anniversary of Citadel moving into their Chennault properties.  On March 1st, 2018, Managing Director Joe Bonita was the sole Citadel representative on site.  Now, just over a year later, Citadel has over 100 employees working in Lake Charles, with additional recruiting efforts on-going.  Citadel also continues to renovate some of its industrial workspaces, with more manufacturing capabilities… Read More

Citadel Completions Re-Delivers First Project

January 16, 2019

Lake Charles, LA – On January 11, 2019, Citadel Completions re-delivered its first project at its Chennault International Airport facility. The privately-owned Boeing 747 arrived in October 2018, and Citadel completed the project in early January. Preflight checks were performed on the ground before the aircraft took off and, after a successful in-flight systems check, it returned home. Citadel has more major projects coming, with two other large, privately-owned aircraft slated to arrive at Chennault within the next 3 months. Read More

Citadel Completions Debuts at MEBAA Show 2018

December 11, 2018

Dubai, UAE – Citadel Completions is making its inaugural independent trade show appearance starting today at the Middle East Business Aviation Association Show at Dubai World Central’s Air Show Site (Al Maktoum International Airport).  Company leaders will be hosting visitors at Chalet A16 adjacent to the aircraft static ramp where the company owner’s private, VVIP-configured A340-500 will be on display.  Select individuals and small groups can make appointments at the chalet to go aboard the luxurious Airbus and discuss the services Citadel can provide.   Citadel Completions was founded in 2017 by the owner of several private-owned VVIP aircraft, based on his own experience as a completions customer.  Based at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, Louisiana USA, Citadel is committed to revolutionizing the VVIP completions process with the industry’s… Read More

Citadel Completions Receives FAA Part 145 Certificate

December 3, 2018

Citadel Completions reached another important milestone today, officially receiving it’s Part 145 Repair Station Certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.  Citadel is already performing maintenance on aircraft registered in Bermuda under its Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority certificate received earlier in the year.  Now with the FAA certificate, Citadel can begin accepting maintenance and modification projects for U.S.-registered aircraft.  The certificate initially includes Boeing 737 authorizations, but will soon include a wide range of Airbus and Boeing aircraft.  The company is grateful for the priority and attention provided by FAA representatives in the Baton Rouge office leading up to the final certification.   Photo caption: Rich Atwood, Director of Quality Assurance, and Lance Foster, Senior Director of Quality from Citadel Completions proudly receive the company’s FAA Part 145 repair station… Read More

Citadel Completions Visits Hallmark University

November 15, 2018

Citadel Completions recently extended their recruiting efforts to Hallmark University in San Antonio, TX. Hallmark University is an established university within the aviation community that has received a multitude of awards for not only their education programs but their ability to follow through and support their aviation graduates to acquire their airframe and powerplant license with the Federal Aviation Administration. They continue to implement changes to their programs to strengthen its position and vision of providing Aviation ready students into the workforce. Throughout the visit, the Citadel Completions team was able to meet and really talk with some bright, upcoming graduates currently going through the program. Discussions were focused on their futures and all of the opportunities that are available with Citadel Completions. The type of character, experience and education… Read More

Air Force Job Fair Features Citadel Completions

October 31, 2018

Bossier City, LA – Citadel Completions recently participated in a Job and Education Fair at Barksdale Air Force Base, near Shreveport, Louisiana, the first of what will be many recruiting and community engagements in the region for the company. Citadel Completions is a relatively new venture primarily focused on completing VIP interior modifications on large Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The company also performs aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services for select clientele. Citadel Completions operates at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with over 260,000 square feet of aircraft hangar space and rapidly expanding industrial spaces. At the Barksdale event, the company’s Director of Human Resources, Joel McSpadden and Bill Harner, Citadel’s Director of Maintenance (a retired Air Force chief master sergeant) interacted with Airmen and civilian Air Force… Read More

Citadel Completions at Monaco Yacht Show

September 26, 2018

Monaco – Citadel Completions is making its tradeshow debut at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show, September 26-29. We are honored to be hosted by Edmiston, a world leader in the superyacht industry, specializing in the sale, charter, management and construction of world’s largest yachts. Together, Citadel Completions and Edmiston endeavor to enlighten yacht owners on large, VVIP-configured aircraft, and the similar lifestyle possibilities they offer to the superyachts on display. Citadel will also host a select few to visit a privately-owned A340-500 situated at Nice Cote d’Azur Airport. Read More

Citadel Completions Announces First Project

September 24, 2018

Citadel Completions recently welcomed a Boeing 747 at their facility at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Citadel will perform heavy maintenance and inspection on the privately-owned aircraft over coming weeks. Read More

Citadel Completions Receives Certificate

August 15, 2018

The Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) has awarded Citadel Completions with an Aircraft Maintenance Organization Repair Station Certificate. The certificate officially enables the company to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul on Bermuda-flagged Boeing 747-SP and Airbus A340 aircraft. Read More

Gov. Edwards and Citadel Completions Announce Louisiana Aerospace Project

May 17, 2018

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Citadel Completions LLC announced the company will make a $17.6 million capital investment and hire more than 250 people for an aircraft center dedicated to interior jet modifications and maintenance at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles. For the project, Citadel Completions will create 256 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $80,000, plus benefits. In addition, Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 347 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 600 new jobs in Southwest Louisiana. Hiring for the project is underway, with Citadel Completions expecting to begin operations by the third quarter of 2018. “Louisiana’s established advanced manufacturing capacity provides unparalleled advantages for aviation and aerospace companies,” Gov. Edwards said. “That’s particularly true in Southwest… Read More