Work is underway on a new hangar at Flying Colours’ headquarters in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Part of the company’s fourth phase of expansion, the building will be Flying Colours’ largest hangar and is due to be completed in mid-2019.
The building will house a climate-controlled, dedicated paint shop, a hangar large enough to hold aircraft up to the size of the A220, offices, customer meeting rooms, interiors workshops and a boardroom. The investment of approximately C$25m will add a further 100,000ft2 (9,300m2) to the site’s footprint.
“Our business has grown significantly over the last 12 months and we were running out of space to accommodate all our clients’ requests,” said John Gillespie, president and CEO at Flying Colours. “Once the building is complete, we will be using it to provide additional capacity for completions, refurbishment and heavy maintenance work on large jet airframes.”
Meanwhile preparations are underway at the company’s facility in Chesterfield, St. Louis, Missouri, to open a fifth hangar in January 2019. The leased building will add 40,000ft2 (3,700m2) of space at that facility.
The company is recruiting more than 100 team members across both sites to enable it to fulfill increased demand for maintenance, interiors and paint work.