Boeing has confirmed plans to build a new aircraft maintenance hangar at London Gatwick Airport, servicing European airline customers of its GoldCare aftermarket services provision.
The OEM said the facility, subject to local authority planning permission, is expected to support in excess of 100 jobs for the company and its suppliers around the Gatwick area. The GoldCare program, which has more than 60 global airline customers, is comprised of Boeing-managed maintenance, engineering and materials services.
No specific financial figures were disclosed but in a release issued on Thursday morning (Nov.17), Boeing described the Gatwick GoldCare project as a “multi-million pound facility”. The precise location of the hangar at the site will be disclosed at a later date, according to the aircraft manufacturer.
It was confirmed that Gatwick Airport, the UK's second busiest hub by passenger traffic volume, will now complete an environmental study before the proposal is reviewed by the local planning authority. If approved, the U.S.-headquartered Boeing said construction would begin in late 2017 before becoming operational the following year.
“The UK is a crucial country for us and represents a prime location for our business supporting airlines in Europe and beyond,” said Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland.
Arthur added: “We have doubled our UK workforce over the last five years and this new development would continue this growth trajectory into the future, delivering prosperity to this country in partnership with the UK industry and our customers.”
The Gatwick announcement follows a commitment made by Boeing and the UK government at July’s Farnborough Airshow targeting growth and job creation.
Among the aims of the long-term partnership include the creation of 2,000 new UK-based jobs along with increased capital investment, additional bidding opportunities and competitiveness initiatives for UK suppliers.