From left to right: Steve Carden (SISK), Wal MacKey & Mick Adams (MAEL), Paul Kehoe & Will Heynes (Birmingham Airport)
Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL), the award-winning independent aircraft maintenance provider, is pleased to announce that construction work has now started on its 110,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art maintenance facility, at Birmingham Airport.
This follows the announcement on 20 November 2012 about the new facility, which is creating 150 new jobs with the potential for a further 150.
The construction work, which is due to be completed and fully operational by the end of 2013, commenced with Mick Adams, MAEL Managing Director, breaking soil at Birmingham Airport on 11 January 2013.
Commenting on the build, Mick Adams stated: “This is a key milestone in MAEL’s development which will allow us to meet the requirements of our customers and to fulfil the potential to grow our third-party customer base even more rapidly.”
Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: “This state-of-the-art facility in the West Midlands demonstrates 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. We look forward to watching the development take shape over the coming months.”
Kim Shevyn, Regional Construction Director of John Sisk & Son Ltd said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for this state-of-the-art maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport and look forward to developing our relationship with MAEL whilst utilising our extensive expertise within the airport sector.”
The new facility will incorporate industry-leading design, technology and build standards and will have the capacity to accommodate both wide body and narrow body aircraft.
Supported by a number of component-repair and back shops as well as a logistics centre, the Birmingham facility will complement MAEL’s existing heavy maintenance operations in the UK at London Luton and Manchester Airports.
A video announcing MAEL’s new facility at Birmingham Airport is available here