Jet Aviation is preparing to break ground on a new 8,700m² (93,600ft²) hangar at its Basel, Switzerland base, to meet the growing demand for its VIP maintenance, repair and overhaul and completions services.
The building, known as Hangar 3, will replace two existing structures at the EuroAirport site, but will be nearly twice their size when it opens in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The General Dynamics-owned business aviation services provider says Hangar 3 will “strengthen the company’s ability to meet rising demand for completions, refurbishment, modification and upgrade services, particularly for widebody aircraft”.
The building will accommodate a number of single- and twin-aisle airliners simultaneously, up to the size of a Boeing 747-8.
Since entering the completions market in 1977, Jet Aviation has outfitted over 200 green aircraft in 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.