HAECO Xiamen participated in a ground breaking ceremony recently to commence the construction of its new aircraft maintenance facility at Xiamen Xiang’an International Airport.
Currently based at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, HAECO Xiamen will relocate to the new airport to build the new hangar. Covering a total area of 537,300 square meters, including a construction area of 292,300 square meters and an apron area of 284,000 square meters, 18 new buildings will be constructed to include apron engineering, engine test bays, utility tunnel, aviation fuel supply and other outdoor works.
The company says their new maintenance facility will combine innovation, green design and advanced technology to achieve optimum energy utilization and operational efficiency. There will be 12 wide-body and six narrow-body maintenance bays as well as two separate painting bays to provide flexible parking for multiple aircraft types and different maintenance needs. Once the construction is complete, HAECO Xiamen will be the largest single span aircraft maintenance hangar in the world.
The construction project has been designed from the outset to optimize operational efficiency and maximize space utilization, helping to reduce aircraft maintenance turnaround times and improve punctuality to meet its customers’ maintenance schedules. The facility uses a center-axle design which connects the hangars and ancillary buildings, facilitating logistics management and resource sharing. The new maintenance facility will also feature state-of-the-art green measures including solar power, intelligent building management systems, intelligent lighting controls, water storage and air conditioning systems, as well as advanced wastewater and air treatment, with the goal of achieving gold certification under the LEED-NC (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction) rating system.
HAECO Xiamen says the new maintenance facility embodies their values of “putting safety first while delivering high quality products and services to its customers.” The group says it strongly believes in investing in innovative technology to bring long-term benefits to its stakeholders as well as fulfilling its social responsibility to the environment and the community while operating its business. As the largest single investment by the HAECO Group since its inception, it says the project demonstrates HAECO’s confidence in its continued investment in the Chinese mainland and its determination to contribute to the development of the region’s aviation industry through continuous business expansion.