Jet Aviation on 21 November broke ground on a new 8,700m² (93,600ft²) hangar at its Basel, Switzerland base, to meet the rising demand for its VIP maintenance, repair and overhaul and completions services.

The building, known as Hangar 3, will replace two existing structures at the facility, but will be nearly twice their size when it opens at the end of 2018.

It will have the capacity to accommodate a number of single- and twin-aisle airliners simultaneously, up to the size of a Boeing 747-8, says Jet Aviation. The project also includes expanding the apron by 5,000m², and adding another 2,000m² of office and workshop space.

The General Dynamics-owned business aviation services provider says the new project "reinforces its commitment to Basel", which has been home to Jet Aviation's main engineering facility since the company began operations 50 years ago.

Since entering the completions market in 1977, the company has outfitted over 200 green aircraft at Basel and refurbished countless more, it says.

The 49,000m² site houses seven hangars for business aircraft MRO and completions, including a 10,000m² structure designed to accommodate an Airbus A380

Source: Flight International