Qantas has unveiled its new engineering facility at Los Angeles International Airport, an investment of more than US$30 million, largest commercial hangars in North America and the first specifically designed to accommodate the Airbus A380.
The 5.7 hectare site will be used to carry out maintenance checks on Qantas’ A380 and Boeing 747 aircraft during ground time in Los Angeles. It will also have capacity to support Qantas’ new B787-9 Dreamliner when it enters service in late 2017.
The facility has the capacity for four aircraft to be worked on at the same time. Its higher capacity is expected to cut the time it takes to carry out maintenance tasks by about 20 per cent. Its size means Qantas will also have the potential to bid for work on other carriers’ aircraft.