U.K.-based MRO Monarch Aircraft Engineering will open a new component maintenance center in Northampton in September 2018.
Investing approximately £2 million ($2.6 million), Monarch says the facility’s East Midlands location is located mid-way between its two base maintenance facilities in Birmingham, located around 50 miles west, and Luton which is situated around 35 miles south east.
Monarch says the Northampton site will also be within four hours’ drive of most of its domestic line stations, which include locations at London Gatwick, East Midlands and Manchester across a network which provides airframe services on Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and Bombardier aircraft types.
The site will hold multiple capabilities, which according to Monarch, will include composite repairs for interior and exterior parts, welding services including techniques such as flame spraying, machining, cadmium plating, bearing removals and installations on components such as V2500 engine mounts, heat treatment, material proof testing facilities and repairs and calibration services, among others.
Headed up by Monarch’s head of maintenance Lee Burgess, 20 people will work at the components center with 10 of those roles being newly created jobs.
Chris Dare, managing director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, says the new facility will support the growth of the service provider, which has operated independently since October 2017 following the collapse of its Monarch Airlines parent company. “Our new Northampton facility will enable us to more effectively and efficiently support our burgeoning line and base maintenance facilities across the UK,” Dare said in a statement released July 23.
“This multi-million-pound investment in new facilities, equipment and, most importantly, skilled engineering talent, is an integral part of our long-term growth plan and will play a vital role in our success in the years ahead,” he added.