WestJet has broken ground on its new $50m-wide body hangar development project at YYC Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada.
Once complete, the 125,000ft2 facility will accommodate up to four Boeing 737 aircraft or one new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
WestJet president and chief executive officer Gregg Saretsky said: “With the impending arrival of our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, WestJet is connecting Canadians to the world and bringing the world to Calgary.
“Our partnership with YYC, our growth strategy, and the needs of our guests are the reasons we decided to locate our wide-body hangar with our head offices here at YYC.”
The building will also serve as the home base for WestJet mainline and Encore head offices.
Designed by Canadian engineering services company Stantec, the facility is currently being built by construction firm CANA.
The new hangar will feature two floors of office space capable of accommodating around 130 work stations.
With the development of the new hangar, WestJet will be able to deliver its service in new markets and allow passengers and businesses to connect to more global destinations from YYC Calgary Airport.
Construction work on the project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019.
The airline operates nearly 110 flights each day or approximately 56,000 flights every year from the airport.
Image: Ground breaking on WestJet’s new hangar at YYC Calgary International Airport. Photo: courtesy of CNW Group / WestJet.