FEAM Plans To Triple Size Of LAX Line Station

FEAM plans to more than triple the size of its line maintenance station at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) because of a surge in demand for commercial and cargo operations.

The MRO provider will be taking over an existing air cargo facility that will grow its footprint at the airport from 2,900 ft.2 to 9,600 ft.2 of office and storage space. The expanded facility will begin operations on Sept. 1.

FEAM also plans to hire an additional 50 employees at the location, including aircraft maintenance technicians, line aircraft maintenance engineers, materials specialists, supervisors, managers and administrative roles. According to a spokesperson, FEAM already has begun filling positions and plans to continue adding new hires into next year.

“We are committed to dedicating resources, technology and talent to our LAX station and the surrounding areas,” says FEAM CEO Fred Murphy. “We recognize the unlimited potential of LAX as a major hub and will continue to invest in infrastructure, ground support equipment and training.”

Cargo growth has also driven FEAM’s expansion elsewhere in the U.S. In March it announced plans to open a second hangar at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, where it plans to hire approximately 200 new aircraft mechanics and 50 other material specialist and administrative jobs. According to FEAM, it has revamped its employee compensation and benefits package to help with recruitment efforts.

It is also partnered with Epic Flight Academy on building a future workforce. It launched a workforce pipeline program with the school in February that provides students in Epic’s aircraft mechanic program with tuition assistance and a direct pathway to employment at FEAM.

FEAM first opened its LAX line maintenance facility in March 2021. In addition to line maintenance, the station also offers support for on-wing AOG, structures, avionics and engine stands conversions.

FEAM operates three other California-based locations at Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport and March Air Reserve Base.

Lindsay Bjerregaard

Lindsay Bjerregaard is managing editor for Aviation Week’s MRO portfolio. Her coverage focuses on MRO technology, workforce, and product and service news for AviationWeek.com, Aviation Week Marketplace and Inside MRO.