Air Livery to open new Manchester paint facility

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UK aircraft refinishing company Air Livery is to open a new paint centre at Manchester Airport in July.

The new facility will allow Air Livery to maintain its existing Airbus A330/340, Boeing 747-400 and 777 work, and prepare to accept new aircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 747-8.

Air Livery says Manchester was chosen in order to widen its customer base to include clients from the USA, Asia-Pacific region and Africa.

"The Manchester location provides an advantage for our airline clients as we will be able to work with them to eliminate the need for any 'dead leg' flights, keeping ferry flights and repositioning costs to a minimum," says an Air Livery statement.

Air Livery has three paint facilities based at Norwich Airport capable of handling Boeing 757-300 aircraft, a centre at London Southend Airport able to treat aircraft up to the size of 757-200s and one facility at East Midlands Airport with capacity up to the Airbus A321.

It also has a widebody centre at Filton, Bristol with capacity for A340s and 747-400s.

Turkish Airlines recently recruited Air Livery to repaint the 777-300ERs it is leasing from India's Jet Airways, and has also lately been painting A330 aircraft for Saudi Arabian Airlines.