AMAC Aerospace Is Expanding
AMAC Aerospace, VIP completion and maintenance center for the corporate and private aviation market, is building its fifth hangar at its headquarters in Basel, Switzerland to keep up with growth.
The new hangar, scheduled to open in mid-2020, will measure 4850 sq. meters (52,200 sq.ft.), the largest AMAC hangar to date. It will be dedicated mostly to maintenance work for Bombardier products and other midsize aircraft. AMAC is a Bombardier Authorized Service Center. It’ a $16 million to $18 million project.
It’s the fifth hangar in 10 years since AMAC built its first hangar at Euroairport, which was completed in 2008. It added additional hangars in 2010 and 2012 to keep up with growth in business.
The new hangar’s design will vary from that of the other four hangars. Because of safety margins at Euroairport, it will have the round roof design because of its position next to the runway.
The expansion comes as AMAC Aerospace experiences a “sound recovery” of the wide-body completion market and a surge in narrow- and wide-body maintenance.
AMAC has sufficient work for the next two-to-three years with clients’ projects, the company said. But it continues to consider new contracts and projects, company officials say. It currently is working on two wide-body green completion projects.
One is for the company’s first Airbus ACJ320 neo, which will be directly delivered from Airbus. The project is for the aircraft’s ACJ320 neo launch customer, Acropolis Aviation. The aircraft is undergoing interior finishing at AMAC’s Basel facilities and is scheduled for re-delivery to the customer by the end of 2019, the company said.
The second project is for a “nose to tail” completion of a Boeing 747-8i aircraft. It is a head-of-state aircraft for a nondisclosed customer. It is AMAC’s second Boeing 747-8i completion project.
AMAC also has upcoming completion projects for Boeing 737 MAX completions, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 and a Boeing 737 MAX-9. Because of the two Boeing 737 MAX fatal accidents that grounded the fleet, there may be a delay in the delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX-8 to AMAC’s customer.
“We experience quite a surge in both narrow and wide body maintenance,” said Waleed Muhiddin, AMC Aerospace director of business development and marketing. “In the same time, we see an increase of demand of complimentary work being requested during maintenance down times.”
This includes updating SATCOM, updating furnishings along with additional modifications, Muhiddin said.
At EBACE 2019, AMAC , in cooperation with Italian design studio Pininfarina, is presenting what it calls an innovative cabin concept for the airbus A350-900 aimed at innovating the “onboard experience.” The inspiration came from a variety of designs ranging from nautical to architectural interior design. The goals is to create a comfortable, enjoyable space to make passengers forget they are on a jet, AMAC said.
One of the fastest growing areas in the VIP completion business is high-speed connectivity in the air.
The Ka-band sytem delivers broadband service to the business jet market. AMAC’s team has developed a variety of multiple and single supplemental type certificates that are now available to the market. AMAC has established more than 10 STCs’, including the installation of Honeywell’s JetWave Ka Band Antenna system. AMAC installed 12 Ka-band systems in 2018 after installing its first one in 2017.