Independent aircraft maintenance provider Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) has opened a new maintenance hangar at Birmingham Airport in the west midlands, UK.
The facility has created 150 new jobs, and has the potential to add a further 150 posts.
The 110,000ft² hangar joins MAEL's existing engineering operations at Gatwick, Luton and Manchester Airports, and supports the continuing growth of its aircraft engineering activities.
The new facility, spanning around 2.5 acres, is capable of accommodating almost every aircraft type in its two bays, according to the company.
It is one of the first to have the capacity for Boeing 787 Dreamliner maintenance, with enough capacity for other wide-body aircraft such as Boeing 777, 747 and Airbus A350.
The hangar can accommodate two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft or ten narrow-body aircraft, and will feature several component-repair and back shops.
In the first month of operation seven aircraft variants are scheduled for maintenance in the facility, including Airbus A300, A320 and A321, Boeing 757 and 767, Embraer 195 and Bombardier Q400.
MAEL managing director Mick Adams said: "The hangar, together with our existing facilities at London, Luton and Manchester further secures our ability to provide both existing and new customers, with a first class maintenance, repair and overhaul service."
Birmingham Airport CEO Paul Kehoe said: "Today's opening is a major development for Monarch Aircraft Engineering, Birmingham Airport and the Midlands region as a whole.
"Opening this state-of-the-art facility in Birmingham underpins Monarch's long-term commitment to the region, creating job opportunities for skilled engineers and young people looking to start a career in aircraft maintenance."
The new hangar will allow MAEL to increase its share in the aircraft maintenance service market in the UK and Europe. It will strengthen the company's position in the top ten largest airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organisations in Europe.
MAEL, based in the UK as part of The Monarch Group, offers base maintenance, line maintenance, engineering and technical support, component and full material support, aircraft engine services and technical training.
Image: MAEL's new maintenance hangar at Birmingham Airport is large enough to accommodate two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft or ten narrow-body aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd.