Sabena technics has announced plans to open a fourth painting facility for Airbus widebody aircraft at Toulouse Blagnac Airport.
Having been given the green light by the aircraft manufacturer, construction of the 7,000 square meter shop will begin in October and will cost more than €23 million ($28.1 million), according to the MRO.
In preparation for its opening, Sabena will recruit and train in excess of 70 people in time for a scheduled late-2019 opening.
Plans for the new hangar follow the announcement six months ago of a third paint facility earmarked for a late 2018 opening. Its first two paint hangars have been in operation since 2015.
Once the two scheduled hangars are operational, Sabena estimates they will be able to paint around 150 Airbus and ATR aircraft annually across 15,000 square meters of surface area.
“This new facility allows us to meet the needs of the manufacturer on additional capacity for its widebody aircraft,” said Philippe Rochet, chief operating officer of Sabena technics.