ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector continues to spread its global reach with the opening of a new airframe MRO facility in Pensacola, Florida. The new facility, located at the Pensacola International Airport, will perform aircraft modification work as well as heavy and line maintenance—similar to the company’s two other American facilities in San Antonio, Texas and Mobile, Alabama.
“Pensacola serves as an excellent base for us to serve the MRO needs of the North America region given its rich pool of highly trained engineering and aviation talent,” says Lim Serh Ghee, President, ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector. Florida’s Governor Rick Scott and Pensacola’s mayor, Ashton J. Hayward, expressed excitement about the new jobs the facility will bring to the area.
Construction on the $46 million facility began in November 2016. According to ST Engineering Aerospace, the 173,500 sq. ft. hangar can accommodate either two widebody aircraft (up to the largest version of the Boeing 777 widebody series) or six Airbus A321 narrowbody aircraft, making it one of the largest in the company’s global network of airframe maintenance facilities.
The new facility currently has an annual capacity of 600,000 labor hours. ST Engineering Aerospace has already begun work with the facility’s first customer, UPS. According to a spokesperson, ST Engineering is currently supporting UPS’ Boeing 757 fleet with heavy maintenance.
“We are pleased to have the United Parcel Service as our launch customer at the new facility, and we look forward to welcoming more customers and supporting them with the same high level of quality and on-schedule redeliveries regardless of where our hangar is located, time and again,” says Lim.