London Gatwick airport is to get a desperately-needed new aircraft hangar for maintenance, repair and overhaul work.
The local authority has approved Boeing’s plan to build an £88 million ($116 million) facility at London’s second-largest airport.
“The hangar facility will provide a new level of on-site engineering capability which supports our airlines here in the UK. Initiatives like this are ever more vital as we strive for continued operational efficiency as we respond to the demand from airlines and passengers for more services at Gatwick,” says Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s chief commercial officer.
Boeing’s new hangar is expected to open in 2019 to offer MRO services for Boeing aircraft, including those under Boeing Global Fleet Care contracts.
“Gatwick has needed another hangar facility to serve long- and short-haul carriers for some time,” Ian Jones, head of sales for line maintenance provider Storm Aviation, told MRO Network in September.
Existing installations at Gatwick include a maintenance facility for BA Engineering and a two-bay hangar owned by Easyjet.
However, although Easyjet owns the 5,400m2 hangar, it outsources work to Lufthansa Technic (LHT) under a five-year contract due to expire in 2021.
This sees LHT provide two inputs each night and AOG support as required. LHT also has a contract to provide 100 base maintenance checks for the carrier’s A320-family fleet from the German company’s Malta facility.
Other suppliers to Easyjet at Gatwick include components specialist AJ Walter. Under a deal running until 2020, AJW is responsible for Easyjet’s component repair and overhaul, supply of consumables, and management of the airline's spares inventory.
Another MRO provider at the airport is Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAE), which has a line maintenance facility at Gatwick.
Following the collapse of Monarch Airlines in September, MAE said it would retain its staff and facilities to continue operating as a standalone entity.