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Metrojet Inaugurates New Clark Hangar

Metrojet Inaugurates New Clark Hangar

Building on the success of its Hong Kong operation, Metrojet recently inaugurated a new facility in Clark, the Philippines. The Hong Kong-based management company has replaced its previous facility at the airport with the addition of a new state of the art hangar complete with significant ramp parking space that more than doubles the number of aircraft that can be worked on simultaneously.

In total, the new facility is 26,000m2, which includes 7,100m2 of hangar space, 11,000m2 parking space for aircraft, and an additional 2,500m2 annex building that houses customer, crew and staff offices with back shops and room for an FBO. With the new hangar up and running, Metrojet Engineering Clark can house up to ten (10) long range business jets at the same time, including one ACJ/ BBJ sized aircraft.

Metrojet Engineering Clark has the Gulfstream 6C approvals on the G450, G550, G650 and G650ER, and Bombardier 4C approvals on the BD700-1A Global family that the company received since the FAA approved the new facility in April 2021. The Clark company is working with both the Philippines CAA as well as the US FAA to get approvals in place by the first quarter of 2022 to work on the Challenger 300 and 350 and the Challenger 604, 605 and 650. It is working alongside the San Marino CAA to obtain line maintenance approvals to enable AOG support to the Bombardier Global 7500 which the facility currently has one parked inside. There will be an increasing number of long-range aircraft such as the Gulfstream G700/800, Bombardier Global 7500 and Dassault 8X/10X in operation around the world and the region that would benefit from utilizing the Clark facility. The hangar itself includes a state-of-the-art fire suppression system and is officially rated as typhoon and earthquake resistant. Part of the reason that Metrojet chose Clark to be a maintenance facility is due to the low humidity in the area. Humidity in the region has caused real problems for aircraft owners and operators in the past, however, by parking an aircraft in the protected environment of a hangar can significantly reduce the effects of corrosion. This in turn improves the reliability of the aircraft as less downtime is needed and helps to maintain the value of the aircraft.

During the pandemic with significantly reduced flying, MEC is a great location to park aircraft safely at a much reduced cost as compared to Hong Kong or Singapore while maintaining airworthiness and dispatch readiness.

Says Sarith Vaikuntan, General Manager, Metrojet Engineering Clark. “We also offer competitive long-term parking packages including an enhanced corrosion protection regime. It is cheaper to park in our climate-controlled hangar than to park on the ramp in Hong Kong.”

Overall, the facility currently holds six aviation authorities’ approvals, from the US FAA, Philippines, Cayman Islands, Qatar, Isle of Man and San Marino. Work is also underway to attain approvals from the China Aviation Authority of China, which the company is hoping to receive soon.

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