Apple Aviation to open UK hangar in 2013

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UK maintenance provider Apple Aviation plans to open a hangar for MRO and aircraft tear-down services in mid-2013.

The Sutton Weaver-headquartered company provides line maintenance at different airports, including Manchester, East Midlands and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. It also offers base maintenance services, but has thus far rented a widebody bay within BMI Regional's hangar at East Midlands airport for such services.

The company has not announced a precise timeframe for the opening of its UK widebody hangar, but Bernard Longman, commercial director, says that negotiations should be concluded by the end of December.

While the capacity has not been finalised the hangar will likely accommodate Boeing 767s, making it the same size as the rented bay at East Midlands airport. The new site is to be used for base maintenance and aircraft dismantling, Longman adds.

The MRO company is also setting up line maintenance stations in Luxembourg and Istanbul's Sabiha Gökcen airport, after Turkish cargo carrier ACT Airlines contracted it to support two 747-400 freighters up to A-check level.

BMI Regional selected Apple Aviation to provide line maintenance for its Embraer ERJ-135 and ERJ-145 fleet at Manchester and East Midlands airports.

Longman says that Apple Aviation is further negotiating the opening of line maintenance facilities at Heathrow and Edinburgh, which would be opened in March.

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has additionally contracted the MRO provider for continued airworthiness management and aircraft review certificate services for an Ireland-based, Pratt & Whitney PW2000-powered 757.

Apple Aviation has also been contracted to conduct "several aircraft pre-purchase inspections in worldwide locations" for Isle of Man-based leasing organisation Pentagon Capital.