Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES) plans to open its new Wilmington, Ohio widebody maintenance hangar in May, says Joe Hete, chief executive of the facility’s parent, Air Transport Services Group.
The $15.5 million, 100,000ft2 (9,290.3m2) hangar can fit an aircraft as large as a Boeing 747-400 or Boeing 777-300ER in its two bays. Airborne says it will see its maintenance capacity double with the new facility.
Hete expects it to take between 90 and 120 days to ramp up operations to full capacity.
“By the time we get to the latter part of the third quarter and fourth quarter, I'd expect to have some pretty decent utilization in that facility,” says Hete.
ATSG originally planned to have the facility completed within 14 months after announcing the project in January 2013, but the project was delayed a few months due to inclement weather, says Hete.
AMES operates a three-hangar, 210,000ft2 repair facility in Wilmington today, with heavy maintenance capabilities for McDonnell Douglas DC-8, DC-9 and MD-80 models as well as Boeing 727s, 737s, 757s and 767s. The MRO also operates a 100,000ft2 component repair shop.