As part of their vision to create a global aviation centre of excellence, Norwich Airport has agreed to invest £7 million in a new hangar and workshop facilities for KLM UK Engineering at the airport, to ensure the demands for increased aircraft maintenance can be met.
Local contractor Mick George Earthworks will shortly begin enabling works on behalf of MJS Construction Ltd, ahead of the construction of a 54,000 sq. ft hangar and 15,500 sq. ft workshop, that is due to be completed by August 2020.
The agreement provides KLM UK Engineering with significant additional new capacity, providing aircraft maintenance and repair services to customers worldwide.
KLM UK Engineering employs 390 staff at Norwich and also delivers aircraft engineering apprenticeships and training through its technical training college located in the neighbouring International Aviation Academy Norwich.
KLM UK Engineering is headquartered at Norwich where it has operated for more than 40 years. It currently has five fully equipped heavy maintenance bays across three hangars at the airport and extensive experience on many aircraft types including Embraer170/190, Boeing 737 (all series), Airbus A320 family, BAe 146 and Avro RJ, and Fokker 70/100 types.
The build of a new hangar for KLM UK Engineering at the airport gives Satys Air Livery UK Ltd the opportunity to take on the hangar vacated by KLM UK Engineering. This will consolidate Norwich as the head office of Aftermarket and VIP Painting Division of the Satys Group and the largest place in Europe for repainting narrow body aircrafts (four hangars).
Michael George, Managing Director at the Mick George Group commented: ‘’We’re pleased that our services are being increasingly utilised further East, within the Norfolk and Suffolk regions, as it represents the intended geographical expansion of the Group.’’