Maintenance firm Midair USA is progressing with transitioning a portion of its business in Rome, New York to a new hangar at Melbourne International airport in Florida.
In February, the Melbourne Airport Authority approved Midair's 10-year lease for a 75,240ft2 (6,990m2) warehouse space, effective from 1 March. This space will allow the Part 145 MRO to move some administrative, engineering and parts production capabilities to Florida and store inventory.
As part of that deal, Midair has the option to build a new aircraft hangar and apron on six acres. The newly-constructed facility would include two hangar bays capable of holding one Boeing 747 each, the Melbourne Airport Authority says. The carrier is now using a temporary hangar that partially fits a Boeing 747 for maintenance work in a different area of the airport from the construction site.
Midair first announced it chose Melbourne for the location of a 180,000ft2 widebody facility in 2010, but the company is now starting the first phase of hiring for the expanded Melbourne operation after signing the lease. The company plans to hire up 50 people for its initial ramp-up of the facility, the company advertises via social media channels.
The Rome, New York repair station focuses on Boeing models, offering heavy maintenance checks for Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 aircraft and additional services such as structural modifications, conversions, avionics retrofits and leasing.
Midair also has capabilities for maintenance up to C checks on Pratt & Whitney JT9 and PW4000 models, the Rolls-Royce RB211 engine and the General Electric CF6 and CFMI CFM56 models.