ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector has opened its new airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at the Pensacola International Airport in Florida, US.
Developed at a cost of $46m, the new hangar will provide heavy and line maintenance, in addition to aircraft modification on narrow-body and wide-body aircraft.
The facility joins two other locations in the US, which are situated in San Antonio, Texas and Mobile, Alabama.
All three facilities are set to boost ST Engineering’s capacity to serve the North America region and its global clientele.
ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector president Lim Serh Ghee said: “Pensacola serves as an excellent base for us to serve the MRO needs of the North America region given its rich pool of highly trained engineering and aviation talent.
“We are pleased to have United Parcel Service as our launch customer at the new facility, and we look forward to welcoming more customers and supporting them with the same high level of quality and on-schedule redeliveries regardless of where our hangar is located, time and again.”
The new hangar, spanning over 173,500ft², has a capacity of 600,000 labour hours per annum and can accommodate two of the largest version of the 777 wide-body series, or six A321 narrow-body aircraft.
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said: “We are extremely excited in growing together towards a successful future here in Pensacola. The dream of hundreds of new, sustainable, well-paying jobs in a new industry is becoming a reality.”
The Aerospace sector of ST Engineering has seven airframe facilities across the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe.