Fokker Services Group building new widebody hangar


Independent aviation aftermarket firm Fokker Services Group has broken ground on a new wide-body aircraft hangar, working with modular architecture expert Gaptek.

The construction will be 87m in length, 86m wide and 27m tall. It will accommodate aircraft such as the Airbus A330, Airbus A350 and Boeing 777, and will be equipped with floor heating and cooling systems, all powered by electricity.

This hangar is part of a larger expansion plan, which includes hiring new colleagues, a second new wide-body hangar and extending workshop spaces at Fokker Services Group’s global facilities.

“This new hangar is the latest development in our company-wide growth plan,” said Roland van Dijk, co-CEO of Fokker Services Group. “With this investment we are making a long-term commitment to our colleagues, customers, suppliers and the local community. As the markets for wide-body maintenance and VIP completions continue to grow, this modern hangar extension allows us to support new and existing customers for the years to come.”

The foundations of Fokker Services Group’s new hangar

With planning, development and preparations finalised, Gaptek has started the modular hangar construction on site, which will take 12-14 weeks to complete. The design is based on Gaptek’s patented lightweight system, designed to be fast to assemble and disassemble, and easy to relocate. The aluminium construction is designed to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 21% compared with conventional steel structures.

“Since the beginning, one of the most important values for Gaptek is to provide more sustainable and cost-efficient solutions,” said Tomas Felius, founding member and president of Gaptek. “Our technology, initially engineered to provide solutions for military defence, is now more advanced and permits us to provide turnkey facilities that can adapt to the actual civil aviation market needs, such as fast deployment, low environmental impact, capability to be easily adapted and relocated while maintaining the CE quality and to comply with IBC and local regulations. This project is an important milestone in the international markets expansion for Gaptek.”

“This is another great step in the development of Business Park Aviolanda and will clearly be a major contributor to the modernisation and high-tech business increase of the entire facility,” said Sander Heijmans, executive director of Business Park Aviolanda, on which Fokker Services Group’s facilities are located.

Images: Fokker Techniek

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