The Commercial Aerospace business of ST Engineering, Mobile Aerospace Engineering and United Airlines (United) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the MRO Americas 2022 conference in Dallas, Texas, U.S., that aims to have ST Engineering see part of United’s long-term airframe heavy maintenance needs move to the Pensacola International Airport in Florida, U.S.
ST Engineering currently supports United’s Airbus A320 family out of its facility in Mobile, Alabama. Under the MOU, ST Engineering will extend its heavy maintenance support to the airline by servicing additional narrow-body aircraft at the airframe MRO complex that ST Engineering is constructing at the Pensacola International Airport.
The MRO complex is an expansion to an existing two-bay wide-body hangar facility currently operated by ST Engineering. Estimated to be completed by end 2024, the expansion will add three large state-of-the-art hangars and associated support shops and around 1.5 million manhours to ST Engineering’s annual capacity in Pensacola.