Aircraft sales and product support
firm Hawker Pacific is building a A$7 million ($4.6 million) facility in
Australia’s far north to handle maintenance work on regional aircraft and new
generation Boeing 737s and is targeting airlines in Australia and the Asia-Pacific
as potential customers.
Construction work on the building
and hangar at Cairns International Airport will begin within four months and be
completed in 2004, Hawker Pacific vice president maintenance, repair and
overhaul (MRO) Des Byfield says from Cairns.
The project is going ahead because
even though Hawker Pacific and its subsidiary Australian Avionics already have
maintenance facilities at the airport, these are relatively small and the company
wants to expand its operations.
Hawker Pacific’s new 3,600m2
building and hangar will be equipped to handle heavy maintenance work on
regional aircraft such as de Havilland Dash 7s and 8s and 737-800/900s.
He says Hawker Pacific had considered
equipping it to handle Boeing 767s but 737s are a higher priority because the
firm already does some maintenance work on the classic model 737s and wants to
strengthen its capabilities on narrowbody aircraft.
Cairns was selected because it is in
close proximity to potential customers in the Asia-Pacific and Hawker Pacific
is familiar with the Cairns airport operator because of the existing
maintenance facility, which handles regional aircraft.
Hawker Pacific is considering using
its smaller facility solely for general aviation aircraft once the larger
maintenance hangar and building is ready.