21 NOVEMBER 2016
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A multi-million pound commercial aviation maintenance hangar is to be built at Gatwick as a joint project by the airport and Boeing.
Subject to approval, construction will begin late next year and the facility will be open for operations in 2018.
The hangar is designed to support European customers of Boeing’s GoldCare programme, which tailors fleet engineering, materials and maintenance services for airlines and is managed by the aircraft manufacturer.
Boeing says the facility will also add engineering capacity at Gatwick to support airlines as the airport continues its growth in both short- and long-haul services.
Vice-president fleet services Mike Fleming said: “This is an important investment for Boeing as we commit still further to our customers in the UK and across the European region.”
The development will also strengthen further a joint commitment made by the UK government and Boeing in July on a long-term initiative for prosperity and growth in the UK. The hangar is expected to support more than 100 jobs.
Gatwick chief commercial officer Guy Stephenson added: “This new partnership with Boeing will help to ensure we can continue to grow and support our operations, especially our burgeoning long-haul services, and provide world-class facilities for our airlines.”
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