Qantas Opens Aircraft Maintenance Facility at Los Angeles

(Photo: Qantas)

(Photo: Qantas)
(Photo: Qantas)

Qantas has unveiled a new $30-million maintenance and engineering facility at Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX). It is one of the largest commercial hangars in North America and the first specifically designed to accommodate the Airbus A380. The 613,543sq ft (57,000m²) facility will be used to carry out maintenance checks on Qantas’ A380 and Boeing 747 aircraft during ground time in Los Angeles. It will also have the capacity to support Qantas’ new B787-9 Dreamliner when it enters service later this year. With 50% more space than the airline’s previous hangar at LAX, which was also used to maintain A380s and B747s, the facility has the capacity for four aircraft to be worked on simultaneously. Its higher capacity is expected to cut the time it takes to carry out maintenance tasks by about 20% and means Qantas will also be able to bid for work on other carriers’ aircraft. Qantas’ previous hangar at LAX was built at the start of the jet era in 1958. It was demolished to make way for broader improvements to the airport, triggering the construction of the new Midfield Satellite Concourse addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.