Former Pemco facility has space for additional MRO

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Commercial Jet will be using a majority of the space that Pemco World Air Services was occupying at Alabama's Dothan Regional Airport, but a few hangars remain open for a new tenant to move into to start another maintenance operation, says Art Morris, director of Dothan Regional Airport.

The airport is in talks with potential tenants to move into the three additional hangars in 2014. There is about 60,000ft2 (5,574 m2) to 70,000 ft of space available across the facilities, he says.

Two of the hangars could fit narrowbody aircraft such as an Airbus A320 or Boeing 737, and a larger building is capable of fitting an aircraft the size of a Boeing 757, says Morris. The airport is looking to fill the space with an MRO offering complementary maintenance capabilities to Commercial Jet's specialties in cargo conversions and heavy maintenance on larger aircraft, he says. One possibility is using the facilities for maintenance on turboprop aircraft, he says.

"We're not looking for a company to compete with Commercial Jet in any shape or form," he says.

Commercial Jet announced today that it will take on about 400,000 ft2 of the maintenance facilities at Dothan, which Pemco World Air Services moved out of in October 2012 as part of its Chapter 11 restructuring, which it has since emerged from. Those facilities will undergo a $12 million renovation set to be completed by October, which includes cosmetic upgrades as well as the addition of a paint hangar.