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Just a week before the first Airbus A321 painted in Mobile rolled out of a MAAS Aviation hangar, the company broke ground on a twin-bay paint shop facility dedicated to the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market. The new facility will also support the company’s existing painting operations at the Airbus final assembly line. The paint shop will be located at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.
“MAAS brings much needed capabilities to the growing aerospace sector,” said Troy Wayman, vice president of economic development at the Mobile Area Chamber. “Their presence will be key to our continued growth.”
According to MAAS officials, the $13 million MRO facility can cater to all passenger airlines, leasing company owners and freight carriers from a single aircraft to entire fleet rebranding programs. It is being built to service the single-aisle, narrow body aircraft market with capacity of 90 aircraft a year up to the size of Airbus A321 and Boeing B757, and is expected to be in service by the end of 2016. Once fully operational, it will create 100 jobs.
“This development at Brookley presents an opportunity for MAAS to collocate our aircraft painting operations with Airbus and VT Mobile Aerospace,” said Tim Macdougald, vice president of MAAS Aviation USA.
“These are momentous times for MAAS Aviation, and the construction of this painting facility here at Brookley represents the largest single investment undertaken in the history of our company,” he said. “Brookley will be our U.S. headquarters, and we look forward to providing world class levels of service to aircraft operators and owners located throughout the Americas right here in Mobile from the end of 2016.”
MAAS Aviation, headquartered in Dublin, also has European facilities in The Netherlands and Germany.
Click here to read The Business View – May 2016