Icelandair builds new hangar

Icelandair has started the construction of a new hangar at Keflavik International Airport.

Icelandair has started the construction of a new hangar at Keflavik International Airport. The new building will be an annex to the current hangar, which was built in 1992. The hangar is scheduled to be taken into use in late 2017. It will create over 100 new jobs and house, among other things, inventory, a workshop, offices and a canteen.The steel-frame building will be about 27 metres high, set on a concrete foundation and clad with sandwich steel insulation. The base of the building will be approximately 10,500 square metres, while the total floor area will be about 13,600. The south side of the building, facing a concrete ramp will feature an aircraft door composed of five sliding panels. The door will be over 18 metres in height and will open to a maximum width of 65 metres.

Environmental factors were taken into account in the design of the hangar, and consideration was also given to the quality of the working environment for employees. The building was designed by THG Architects and Ferill Engineers.

Icelandair's growth has had the effect that the space available to the Company for maintenance at Keflavik International Airport no longer meets the Company's needs for maintenance checks and aircraft modifications, and the Company has increasingly needed to send aircraft abroad for work of this kind. For example, 14 large maintenance projects were outsourced overseas in the winter of 2015-2016, and purchased outside maintenance work amounted to approximately 150 thousand working hours, or 75 man-years. The construction of the hangar reflects Icelandair's strategy of conducting most of its maintenance work in Iceland. Icelandair has supported the development of aircraft maintenance engineering studies in Iceland and thereby secured access to professionals who are qualified to take on the jobs created by the new hangar, but in addition the hangar will create jobs for other skilled and unskilled workers and office staff, so that the total number of jobs created will be over one hundred. At this time there are 300 employees in Icelandair's current hangar.

The new building will accommodate two Boeing 757 aircraft and one Boeing 767 aircraft, side by side, in addition to larger aircraft. There will also be space for three 737MAX aircraft at the same time.The plan is to use the annex primarily for larger maintenance projects and various aircraft modification and renovation projects. This will free space in the current hangar for lighter maintenance work and occasional repairs and inspections.

The hangar will secure for Icelandair the flexibility that comes with the ability to undertake its own maintenance work and it is an important element of strengthening the Company's infrastructure for continued growth.