ATS to open Kansas City maintenance base

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Everett, Washington-based Aviation Technical Services will open a new 607,000ft2 (56,392m2) MRO facility at Kansas City International airport.

The maintenance firm says it is investing at least $7 million to open the repair station, which will be its first outside of the state of Washington.

ATS will add the new maintenance facility to two other bases in Washington state that specialise in Boeing 737 and 757 maintenance checks, structural repairs and avionics upgrades. The firm also provides refurbishments for Boeing business jets.

“This is yet another step to secure ATS’ future and ensures long-term stability for our customers, employees and company,” says Aviation Technical Services president and chief executive Matt Yerbic in a statement. “Expanding to Kansas City in the KCI overhaul base allows us to meet existing customer requirements and adds to our platform from which to grow and diversify our service offerings over time. We plan to continue to grow in new locations that support this model.”

ATI has performed 737 maintenance services for Southwest Airlines, which generates the most traffic of any airline at Kansas City International airport according to the airport's operational data from October.

American Airlines used to operate a maintenance base at Kansas City but closed the location in 2010 after cutting capacity and shrinking its fleet. Companies now occupying the airport’s more than two million square feet of maintenance space include Jet Midwest, Frontier Airlines, ExpressJet and Republic Airlines.

The firm expects the base to create more than 500 new jobs in the three to five years and says it could eventually employ 1,000 people, which is about the size of its workforce today in Washington state.

In June, senior leaders at ATS and investors purchased the company from Macquaire Group with plans to expand the company outside the state of Washington.