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MESA starts its New Hangar Development

02 Feb, 2018

MESA, the engineering and maintenance company which belongs to the same group as Hi Fly airline, is currently beginning construction on a new Hangar at Beja’s Civil Terminal ultimately destined for the maintenance of wide-body aircraft.

The project was formally signed with ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal at the end of last year and will cover an area of about 9,500 m2 that will be completed in two stages. The first stage of construction is estimated to be terminated by April/May 2018, when the new Hangar will be set to receive aircrafts for maintenance. The second and more complex phase, will be concluded during the first semester of 2019 and encompasses several workshops, warehouses, offices, training facilities and further support premises.

All the licensing and study processes, in parallel with the structural development are already taking place. The structural development is being done in the UK and will be brought to Portugal over the next couple of months in order to be installed and completed on site.

The new hangar will serve as a base maintenance unit for Hi Fly’s Airbus fleet, as well as for other airlines which have maintenance contracts with MESA. The Hangar will be ready to receive and service Airbus A320, A330 and A340, and it will have the capacity to perform maintenance works on up to three aircrafts at a time.

A comprehensive range of maintenance works related to line/base maintenance will be performed there. They include “A Checks”, “C Checks”, aircraft painting, engine replacement, landing gear replacement, hydraulics tests, defects correction and troubleshooting, SB’s, AD’s, MPD and Out Phase Tasks Modifications, engine Boroscope inspections and workshop works such as: batteries, IFE, oxygen, cabin interiors, electrical equipment, torque wrenches and measurements.

The new Hangar will be a reference facility in the country and according to the company’s president, Paulo Mirpuri, “Beja is a prime location for aircraft maintenance, and with this additional capacity we hope not only to keep up with the strong growth of Hi Fly’s fleet but also to acquire new customers mainly from Europe and Africa”.

MESA is an aircraft line/base maintenance provider with facilities in Portugal, Belgium and Australia, as well as other maintenance stations across the world. An EASA Part-145 Maintenance Organization, approved under Portuguese Authority (ANAC) with Certificate PT.145.020, the company is geared towards performing maintenance worldwide on Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321, A330, A340 and BOMBARDIER CL-600-2B16.

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