Sabena technics, the French airframe and modifications MRO, has confirmed plans to build a new 107,000 square foot widebody aircraft hangar at its Bordeaux facility by January 2020.
The company says the move was motivated by a desire for greater capacity to provide commercial and military maintenance and modification services at the site, located at the southwestern France city’s Bordeaux-Mérignac airport. Construction work is scheduled to begin this summer.
Sabena says that once complete, the hangar will be able to accommodate a long-range widebody aircraft up to the size of either an Airbus A350-1000 or a Boeing 777-9X, or alternatively, up to three military transport aircrafts such as A400M simultaneously.
“It is essential for us to collaborate closely with operators, both to understand their needs and plan ahead in order to deploy our manpower and resources accordingly,” Philippe Rochet, Sabena technics’ chief operating officer said in a statement released Tuesday (July 24). A company spokesperson told MRO-Network.com that it plans to employ 200 new people in Bordeaux.
The new hangar is the latest expansion project undertaken by Sabena either as a standalone independent entity or through partnerships.
Earlier this year, it announced plans to add another painting facility for Airbus widebody aircraft at Toulouse Blagnac airport, while also inaugurating its Singapore-based joint venture partnership with AFI KLM E&M specializing in component support for Airbus A320 and all ATR aircraft types.