Apple Aviation ventures into aircraft recycling

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UK-based MRO provider Apple Aviation provider is building a new base maintenance and aircraft recycling facility in Cornwall.

The 35,000ft² (3,200m²) hangar, which can accommodate two narrowbody or a single widebody aircraft, is due to open within the "Aerohub" enterprise zone at Newquay airport in September. This is to become the maintenance provider's operational centre, while its quality department and administrative functions will remain at its head office in Sutton Weaver, between Manchester airport and Chester.

The new facility will allow Apple Aviation to expand its base maintenance operations and develop a new business line in aircraft storage and recycling, says Bernard Longman, commercial director.

The company has been conducting base maintenance work since it was formed in 2010. But this was limited to ad-hoc work in leased facilities. Line maintenance has been the main business, with respective stations at Manchester, Heathrow, East Midlands airport, Paris and Brussels.

Annual turnover is expected to double over the next three years, says Longman.

Some 30 new technicians and engineers are to be recruited for the Newquay facility by 2016. The MRO provider currently has a staff of around 50.