Vallair, the multi-faceted aviation business dedicated to the support of both aircraft operators and lessors, will be extending its full maintenance capabilities with the addition of a state-of-the-art hangar at Marcel Dassault Airport in Châteauroux, France. Operational from 2022, the facility will be dedicated to the support of wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft and accommodate up to five A321-size aircraft simultaneously, or a combination of A330s/A340s and A321s.
This unique, A380-capable, 8,500 m² facility has already begun to positively impact employment with the creation of nearly 200 jobs over the coming years which will be divided between Vallair employees and subcontractors.
“This is a natural expansion for us, “says Malcolm Chandler, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Vallair. “Our initial focus will be the Airbus A330 maintenance capabilities with a view to adding A340/A350, and possibly B777, at a later stage. Vallair will then be able to offer the full range of maintenance capabilities including NDT, lease transitions, LOPA change and cabin refurbishment, which will be offered alongside our current aerostructure services. Our existing composite facility in Châteauroux already offers repairs for critical parts such as nacelles, fan cowls, thrust reversers and flying control surfaces enabling our customers to benefit from cost-effective solutions with quick turn-around-times.”