Hawker Beechcraft plans new maintenance facility for North Wales
The Hawker Beechcraft International
Service Centre at Hawarden Airport in North Wales is
planning to expand by constructing a new hangar facility.
The new modern facility will
perform maintenance on the Hawker 4000 and 900XP executive jets. Currently, the
International Service Centre has two 10 bay hangars on the airfield; one is
dedicated to servicing NetJets Europe aircraft, with the other hangar servicing
Hawker Beechcraft aircraft from all parts of the Europe, Middle East and Africa
At present, many are
concerned about the future of the company and look forward to the ownership of Hawker Beechcraft becoming more settled. The
uncertainty means that projects like the new hangar are on hold for now. The
actual site on the airfield for the new hangar has yet to be decided, but work will commence as the soon as the plan is green-lighted.
The Hawarden facility is
capable of carrying out maintenance on nearly all King Air types, except the King Air
90 – but that should be rectified soon. This will mean that the North
Wales site will be capable of covering the entire Hawker and
Beechcraft range of aircraft from single-engined aircraft, twin turboprops and
right up to jet engined executive aircraft.
Currently, there are various Premier aircraft from all over the EMEA region undergoing maintenance at the facility. In
the opposite bays, there is a Beechjet 400 and a Hawker 125, undergoing to long term re-build. This
aircraft has been completed stripped back to bare metal, with the
engines and ailerons removed for maintenance.