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Aviation News MRO: Châteauroux-Déols airport will have its giant hangar at the end of 2020

MRO: Châteauroux-Déols airport will have its giant hangar at the end of 2020

Romain Guillot
18 SEP 2019 | 312 words
MRO: Châteauroux-Déols airport will have its giant hangar at the end of 2020
© Aéroport Marcel Dassault
Marcel Dassault international airport in Châteauroux took advantage of the 30th World Aerobatic Championships (WAC 2019) two weeks ago to confirm the construction of a vast maintenance hangar to develop the platform's industrial activities.

With its 8 540 m2 of floor space and 38 metres in height, the future building has already been named "the Cathedral". It will be able to accommodate one very large aircraft such as the A380 or four narrowbodies as the A320 and B737 families at the same time. There are currently only 22 hangars of this size around the world.

The project's cost is estimated at 15 million Euro (depending on the price of steel), with delivery scheduled for the end of next year. The Centre - Val de Loire region will be the project's owner and no maintenance operator has yet been designated for its use. According to the airport, the new hangar will be made available to aircraft manufacturers, airlines or MROs for all types of maintenance activities (painting, overhaul, conversion, etc.).

Dominique Roullet, president of Marcel Dassault international airport, says that "nearly 1100 new aircraft are produced each year. And we have observed that there is a real lack of maintenance hangar capacity not only in France, but across Europe and worldwide. This major project will provide a great deal of work not only for businesses but also hundreds of hours of work for our fellow citizens".

Marcel Dassault international airport already hosts companies such as Luxembourg's Vallair (formerly Vallière Aviation) to dismantle aircraft and sell used parts, or ATE/Air Works, a group of companies which specialises in painting.

The Indre region's airport platform will also have a new 45 metre-high control tower, named "the Lighthouse". Three million Euro will be covered by the French government, with the region also acting as the project owner.
Romain Guillot
Chief editor
Cofounder of Journal de l'Aviation and Alertavia


 
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