Construction of the first stage of a new aircraft storage and recycling facility in Alice Springs, Australia has been completed.
Australian company Asia Pacific Aircraft Storage (APAS) says that the first stage of the facility, located opposite the passenger terminal at Alice Springs airport, encompasses an area of approximately 15ha (37 acres). It is able to handle up to 25 aircraft and features dedicated areas for the parting out and recycling of aircraft.
The facility will later be expanded to over 100ha and be capable of storing more than 250 aircraft. It is also positioning itself as a closer alternative for Asian carriers and lessors to store their aircraft compared with the traditional facilities in the USA.
"We believe the APAS service offering, so close to the high growth Asian market, delivers significant flexibility and convenience for aircraft owners and airlines addressing fleet management and retirements," says Tom Vincent, APAS's managing director.
He adds that the company is now in discussions with multiple airlines and aircraft lessors about the facility.
APAS has partnered with Aircraft Maintenance Services Australia, a subsidiary of SIA Engineering, to provide storage maintenance programmes for the aircraft to be stored there.