Jet Aviation held a groundbreaking ceremony on November 17 for its latest widebody bizliner completions hangar. Replacing two smaller hangars at the company’s Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg base in France, the new Hangar 3 will offer 94,399 sq ft/8,770 sq m of workspace, adding to the three widebody hangars that the company already operates at Basel.
Scheduled to be ready for operations in the third quarter of 2018, the hangar can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747. As well as adding widebody completion/refurbishment capacity, it also provides greater flexibility in being able to accommodate several narrowbody and business jet projects if it is not required for widebodies.
As well as hangarage, the project includes expanding the apron by 53,820 sq ft/5,000 sq m, while adding another 21,528 sq ft/2,000 sq m of office and workshop space. Also known as EuroAirport and serving cities in France, Germany and Switzerland, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg has been the site of Jet Aviation’s main engineering facility since the company began operations in 1967, and now employs more than 1,600 of the company’s 4,000-plus staff.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held during the month of the company’s 50th anniversary.