Monarch Aircraft Engineering to develop new state-of-the-art maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport

The new hangar for Monarch Aircraft Engineering will be located on the Elmdon site at Birmingham Airport
Monarch Aircraft Engineering - MAEL - the award-winning independent aircraft maintenance
provider today, Tuesday 20 November 2012, announced plans to significantly expand its UK
operations with a new 110,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art maintenance facility, creating 150 new
jobs, with the potential for a further 150, at Birmingham Airport

Due to be completed and operational by the end of 2013, the new MAEL facility will incorporate
industry-leading design and build standards and is the first UK hangar to have the capacity for
Boeing 787 dreamliner maintenance, with sufficient capacity for other wide body aircraft, such
as Boeing 777, 747 and Airbus A350. The facility will be large enough to accommodate two
Boeing 777-300ER aircraft or 10 narrow-body aircraft and will contain a number of component
repair and back shops

Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen as the
Airport for Monarch Group’s UK engineering expansion, following the growth of its flight operation
in Birmingham this year. The decision to create this state-of-the-art facility in the West Midlands
demonstrates Monarch’s long-term commitment to the region, creating job opportunities for
skilled engineers and young people looking to start a career in aircraft maintenance"
The new facility at Birmingham Airport will complement MAEL’s existing heavy maintenance
facilities in the UK at London Luton and Manchester Airports and supports the recent and
continuing growth of MAEL’s high-quality aircraft engineering activities

MAEL’s own third-party (i.e. non-Monarch Airlines) maintenance activities have grown to 27%
of business in 2012 from 18% in 2010, and over the next three years this is planned to increase
to almost 40% of turnover and to consolidate MAEL’s position in the top 10 largest airframe
maintenance and repair organisations (MRO) in Europe

MAEL operates globally, supporting clients throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia and
North America, where it applies superior knowledge of maintaining both legacy fleets and new
technology aircraft such as the Boeing 787 dreamliner, for which it is one of only six worldwide
Boeing-approved GoldCare providers. Current MAEL operations include an extensive global line
maintenance network, engineering technical management team, component maintenance and
spares trading organisation as well as a new purpose-built training academy

As a division of The Monarch Group, the leading UK-based travel group, MAEL also provides
high-quality aircraft maintenance and engineering services to the Monarch Airlines’ fleet,
contributing significantly to the scheduled leisure airline’s efficiency and reliability. Birmingham
Airport is one of Monarch Airlines’ six UK bases, and during 2012 the airline also expanded
its services from the airport

Mick Adams, Managing Director of MAEL, apprentices and Paul Kehoe, CEO at Birmingham Airport
Commenting on the new MRO facility at Birmingham Airport, Mick Adams, Managing Director
of MAEL, said: "Our new state-of-the-art hangar at Birmingham Airport combined with our
existing facilities at London Luton and Manchester, and large line maintenance operation at
London Gatwick, will ensure that MAEL is uniquely positioned to provide its international and
domestic customers with a high-quality and leading maintenance and repair service in key,
strategically-important MRO locations across the UK"

Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden, which includes Birmingham Airport, said: "I am delighted
to hear about the engineering facility Monarch are investing in at Birmingham Airport. The
creation of 300 jobs through this facility and the opportunities for apprentices is a vote of
confidence in the airport and the great heritage in engineering our area has"

Tuesday 20 November 2012


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