Posted on: 26 November 2013 by Mark Howells
Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) has celebrated the official opening by Sir Roy McNulty, non-executive director, Monarch Holdings Limited, of its brand new multi-million pound maintenance hangar at Birmingham Airport.
The facility, which is immediately creating 150 new jobs, also has the potential to add a further 150 posts.
The 110,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility complements MAEL’s existing engineering operations at London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports and supports the continuing growth of MAEL’s high quality aircraft engineering activities.
The new facility can accommodate almost every aircraft type in its two bays, incorporates industry-leading design and build standards, and is one of the first to have the capacity for Boeing 787 Dreamliner maintenance, with sufficient capacity for other widebody aircraft, such as the Boeing 777, 747 and Airbus A350. It is large enough to accommodate two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft or 10 narrowbody aircraft and will contain a number of component-repair and back shops.
In its first month of operation, seven different aircraft types are scheduled for maintenance in the facility, including Airbus A300, A320 and A321, Boeing 757 and 767, Embraer 195 and Bombardier Q400.
The Birmingham hangar will enable MAEL to service a greater share of the growing market for aircraft maintenance service in the UK and Europe. Its own third-party (i.e. non-Monarch Airlines) maintenance activities have grown to 31% of business in 2013 from 18% in 2010, and over the next two years this is planned to increase to almost 40% of turnover.
Commenting on the new MRO facility at Birmingham Airport, Mick Adams, Managing Director of MAEL, remarked, “[This] is a real milestone in the growth and development of MAEL as we officially open our tremendous new state-of-the-art engineering hangar at Birmingham Airport. The hard work and dedication of the whole team involved in this project has been outstanding and has allowed us to ensure it has opened on time and most importantly, within budget.”
Photo shows: At the opening of Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s new multi-million pound maintenance hangar at Birmingham Airport are (l-r) Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport; Iain Rawlinson, executive chairman of The Monarch Group, Mick Adams, managing director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited, Fabio Mantegazza, shareholder representative; and Sir Roy McNulty, former chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority.