Maintenance provider KLM UK Engineering has formally started an aircraft dismantling and component recycling business at its base in Norwich.
The wholly owned Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance subsidiary has been storing aircraft for some time and parted out a retired Air France Airbus A320 last July. But the MRO provider told Flightglobal at the time that it had yet not decided whether to establish a fully fledged aircraft dismantling business.
Now, KLM UK Engineering has been licensed to disassemble aircraft, it says. The MRO provider wants to concentrate on parting out A320s, Boeing 737s, BAe 146s and Fokker regional aircraft, all of which can be maintained in its hangars. However, an aircraft dismantling licence is not tied to individual types.
Some 12 aircraft are to be parted out in 2014, but this volume should be doubled next year. "We have customers queuing up and we already have four aircraft on site for disposal," says sales director Dave Spalding.
The introduction of the recycling and dismantling business will create 10 technical jobs, says KLM UK Engineering.