International Aerospace Coatings (IAC) is nearing completion of its new widebody painting hangar in Shannon, Ireland. The $25 million hangar, which began construction in October 2018, is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2019.
According to a representative for IAC, the decision to construct a new painting hangar in Shannon was based on customer fleet profiles for Airbus A380 aircraft, as well as the ability to accommodate all aircraft under development such as the A350-1000 and Boeing 777X. Customers the new hangar will accommodate include Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways.
IAC says sustainability and efficiency were key parameters in the design process of the new hangar, with all maintenance and engineering equipment chosen for maximum efficiency. The new hangar will feature LED lighting, maximum transparent panels in the roof for natural light, an air recirculation system for the extraction system and a heat recovery system for exhaust air.
Along with construction of the new hangar, IAC plans to add 108 staff to its Shannon site. The company currently operates two narrowbody hangars in Shannon.
Worldwide, IAC operates 12 locations across Europe and the Americas with eight widebody facilities and up to 36 paint lines. According to IAC, it paints up to 1,000 aircraft globally each year.