Boeing Moves Corporate Jet Fleet to Gary

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Boeing has decided to move its own corporate jet fleet at Chicago's Midway Airport and in St. Louis to a consolidated position in nearby Gary, Ind. By August, the Chicago-based company will have a fleet of five corporate jets housed in a newly renovated 30,000-square-foot hangar at Gary/Chicago Airport.

Kenneth Mercer, a Boeing spokesman, told Crain's Chicago Business the company chose Gary because of the availability of space at the airport. The new home, which took from mid-February to mid-May to renovate, offers about 20,000 square feet to house office space, an executive lounge and a full-service kitchen. Mercer says about 35 people, including pilots, flight operations personnel and mechanics, will work out of the hangar.

One Boeing Business Jet -- already based out of Gary -- was joined by two Challenger jets from Midway in late June. Boeing will move its two Lear jets from the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in August.