UK maintenance provider Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has officially opened its base maintenance facility at Birmingham airport after the greenfield project was launched a year ago.
The hangar was completed in October, and operations started earlier this month. It can accommodate two widebodies up to the size of a Boeing 777-300ER or 10 single-aisle aircraft, and is MAEL’s third base-maintenance facility after the Luton headquarters and a site at Manchester airport.
Some 150 staff members will be immediately employed at Birmingham, but this could double in future, the MRO provider says.
Aside from providing additional capacity, the main objective for the 10,200m² (110,000ft²) facility – which includes a number of backshops – is to improve efficiency across MAEL’s sites. The new hangar will allow allocation of individual aircraft bays to certain operators and maintenance activities, managing director Mick Adams told Flightglobal in August.
MAEL plans to grow its third-party activities from the current 31% of turnover to nearly 40% over the next two years, it says. In 2010, work for airlines outside the parent leisure carrier generated 18% of business.
The MRO provider generated revenues of around £82 million ($133 million) in 2012. This is expected to grow at least 50% by 2017.