ST Engineering has opened a new, US$46 million airframe maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) facility in Pensacola, Florida, USA, intended for heavy and line maintenance, as well as aircraft modification work. This facility is the company’s third in the USA, the others being located in San Antonio, Texas and Mobile, Alabama.
The new hangar, located at Pensacola International Airport, covers 173,500 sq ft, has an annual capacity of 600,000 labor hours, and can accommodate at any one time two aircraft of up to Boeing 777 size, or six narrowbody aircraft.
Lim Serh Ghee, president of ST Engineering’s aerospace sector, 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.”
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), carriers in North America will continue to lead in financial performance in 2018, accounting for close to half of the industry’s total profits with a forecasted net profit of US$15 billion.