Independent aircraft maintenance provider, Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), has today (November 20) announced plans to expand its operations with a new 110,000sq ft (10,219m2) maintenance facility, creating 150 jobs with the potential for a further 150 at Birmingham Airport, UK.
Due to be completed and operational by the end of 2013, the hangar will be the first in the UK to have capacity for Boeing 787 Dreamliner maintenance, with sufficient capacity for other wide-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 777, 747 and Airbus A350. It will be large enough to accommodate two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft or ten narrow-body aircraft and will contain a number of component-repair and back shops.
MAEL’s third party maintenance activities have grown from 18% of its total business in 2011, to 27% in 2012. Over the next three years, this is planned to increase to almost 40% of turnover.
Mick Adams, Managing Director of MAEL, commented: “Our new state-of-the-art hangar at Birmingham Airport combined with our existing facilities at London Luton and Manchester, and large line maintenance at London Gatwick, will ensure that MAEL is uniquely positioned to provide its international and domestic customers with a high-quality and leading maintenance and repair service in key, strategically-important MRO locations across the UK.”
Iain Rawlinson, Executive Chairman of Monarch Group, added: “The 150 new employment opportunities MAEL is creating with this new facility, with the potential for a further 150, underline The Monarch Group’s position as a significant employer in the Midlands region and the contribution it can make to the UK industrial landscape. We are very pleased to be able to give this support to the region.”