Rolls-Royce grows support footprint at Heathrow

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Rolls-Royce has doubled its maintenance capacity at London Heathrow airport with the opening of a new service centre at the UK hub.

The Derby-based engine manufacturer has invested £50 million ($75.7 million) to build the 8,800m² (95,000ft²) facility over the past year, which is about four times larger than its previous workshop at Heathrow.

The new site allows it to work on up to 13 Trent-series engines - twice as many as before - and has storage space for up to 30 powerplants.

Rolls-Royce will transfer 40 employees from its existing facility and add new 20 staff members to the upgraded operation.

Future expansion could see it add a further 20 staff members, it says.