Sabena Technics will build an additional hangar at its Bordeaux site on the back of increased maintenance demand from commercial and military operators.

The French MRO specialist says that the new facility will accommodate a long-haul aircraft up to the size of the in-development Boeing 777-9X or alternatively three Airbus Defence & Space A400M military transports simultaneously.

Construction work will begin during the summer, with a plan to begin operations at the new site in January 2020.

Sabena Technics says the hangar will create “more flexibility” and help allocate maintenance slots to customers in advance in order to win long-term service agreements.

Chief operating officer Philippe Rochet states: “It is essential for us to collaborate closely with operators, both to understand their needs and plan ahead in order to deploy our manpower and resources accordingly.”

He says the project will “strengthen our position as a leading independent European MRO”.