Two weeks after acquiring the UK MRO business, Apple Aviation, the US STS Aviation Group (STS) has finalised the purchase of the former Monarch Engineer hangar at Birmingham Airport (IATA: BHX), UK.
The move gives STS a wide-body aircraft maintenance facility at one of the UK’s busiest airports.
The facility was formerly operated by Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) and put up for sale in March of 2019. Including the apron area, the facility covers an area of 200,000 sq ft (18,580m²) and can house two widebody aircraft or ten narrowbody aircraft at the same time. In addition to its size, the complex is home to several on-site component repair and back shops; making it true nose-to-tail MRO service facility flush with vertical lift storage devices, a global reporting room and dozens of laptop mobility hubs.
Mark Smith, President of STS Aviation Group, said: “The hangar is beautiful, and thanks to the recent acquisition of Apple Aviation, we have the resources and the manpower in place to have the facility up, running and fully operational by January of 2020 subject to the lease being agreed to.”