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2012-07-20Opening of the new maintenance base at Katowice Airport

Thursday 19 July 2012 saw the official opening of the aircraft maintenance base in the new maintenance hangar constructed by the Upper Silesian Aviation Group, which manages the airport in Pyrzowice. The hangar in Katowice is currently the most modern building of its type in Poland. One of the largest aircraft maintenance companies in Poland - LineTech Aircraft Maintenance - will service aircraft.

The hangar has a volume of 106 350m3 and a usable surface area of 7 912m2, took 60 weeks to construct at a cost of 22.5 million PLN. Two Code C aircraft (eg. Airbus A320/Boeing 737) can be serviced simultaneously. The investment was realised by Polimex-Mostostal SA and CoiferImpex Srl.

Construction of the new apron took place at the same time as the buildng of the maintenance hangar. The apron can hold three Code C aircraft (eg. Boeing 737/Airbus A320) or two Code D aircraft (eg. Boeing 757) and has an area of 22 196m2. The apron in front of the hangar is only one of the elements of the largest investment project in Katowice Airport's history, whic includes the expansion of Apron 1 and the modernisation of Taxiways E1, E2 and D and is realised by Max Bögl. This investment comes under the European Union Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment" as part of the "Airport in Katowice - expansion and modernisation of port and airfield infrastructure."

The construction of the new hangar is included on the list of individual projects for the Operational Proramme Infrastructure and Environment for 2007-2013 under "Expansion of infrastructure aimed at increasing the operational opportunities of Katowice International Airport". The financing from EU funds for this project is set at 50%.

With the opening of the new hangar, Katowice Airports has the best infrastructure for the aircraft maintenance of all regional airports in Poland. The hangars (there are currently two) can simultaneously service and fix four Code C (eg. Boeing 737/Airbus A320) aircraft.

LineTech Aircraft Maintenance, the company undertaking the maintenance of aircraft in the new hangar, is one of the largest companies of its type in Poland. The range of services it provides includes: Pre-Flight Inspections, preparing aircraft for parking and for take off, Daily, Weekly Routine and A inspections, bulletins and repairing damages, "On Request" services, starting and testing engines, boroscopic testing and providing engineering support for servicing by other organisations, including comissioning. These services apply to the following types of aircraft: Boeing 737-300/400/500/600/700/800/900 with CFM56-7 and CFM56-3 engines, Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 with CFM56-5 and AE V2500 engines, Embraer ERJ 135/145 170 and 190 and ATR 42/200/300/400/500 and ATR72/100/200 with PWC PW 120 engines. LineTech has standing contracts with the following airlines: EnterAir, EuroLOT, AirCairo, Aerosvit, EgyptAir, Air Arabia, Thomas Cook, AerLingus as well as Augsburg Airways and OLT Jetair.

You'll find photos from the ceremony celebrating the opening of the maintenance base at Katowice airport, in the gallery.  The stars of the event were Patrycja Markowska and Friends, VOLT dancing group and MagnetiG (violinist).


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