A new maintenance hangar in Bacau, Romania, will double Aerostar’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capacity and open new opportunities for widebody and regional aircraft contracts.

Ovidiu Buhai, Aerostar’s director of aviation MRO, says he expects the new 5,000-sq.-meter (54,000-sq.-ft.) hangar to open in mid-May. The new building will have four bays with the capacity to hold four narrowbody aircraft at once, but it is also tall enough to house a Boeing 767-sized widebody. The building is near Aerostar’s current four-bay hangar close to Bacau International Airport.

Buhai says Aerostar is looking to grow its customer base with the opening of this facility. He wants to attract mid-size airlines in Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa that operate fleets of 20—30 aircraft. He adds that Aerostar intends to expand its Part 145 maintenance approvals to widebody aircraft. The MRO provider has existing Part 145 approvals for line and heavy maintenance on the Airbus A320 family and an array of the Boeing 737 family airframes, but Buhai says the MRO is discussing which larger aircraft to add to that list.

Candidates include the 757 or 767, or possibly the A330 or A340.

Buhai notes that Aerostar also is considering Embraer 170 and 190 maintenance in addition to its current approvals to maintain and convert BAe 146s and Avro RJs to freighters.

Aerostar’s new capacity will provide 360,000 work-hours per year for commercial maintenance, employing 32 Part 66 licensed engineers and more than 150 technicians for avionics, mechanics and structures.