MAAS Aviation will build a new 129,000 square foot multi-bay aircraft paint hangar at Kaunas Airport in Lithuania which is set for operation by late 2020.
The Irish aircraft paint specialist has rented an area of land at the airport following an auction process and joins the likes of low-cost carrier Ryanair, domestic MRO FL Technics and regional aircraft repair company DOT LT.
Once built, the new facility will have capability for narrowbody aircraft up to Airbus A321, including all models of Boeing 737 aircraft.
The total investment figure is undisclosed, but MAAS Aviation says describes it as being a “multi-million Euro investment”.
“Kaunas is an excellent location for aircraft painting and the presence of FL Technics and other base maintenance operators at the airport combined with a skilled labour pool and supportive governmental agencies were key in our decision to commit,” says Tim Macdougald, CEO MAAS Aviation, about the planned new hangar build.
The facility will be MAAS Aviation’s first in the Central and Eastern Europe region. Currently, it paints newly manufactured aircraft for Airbus in Germany and the U.S. as well as re-painting aircraft for airlines, leasing companies and maintenance providers in both the Netherlands and in Alabama in the U.S.
In May this year, MAAS Aviation was the recipient of new investment from Dutch private group Egeria.