Part of the Hi Fly group, engineering and maintenance company Mesa has opened a new hangar at Beja Airport in Portugal. The new facility, which will serve as a base for Hi Fly’s Airbus fleet, covers an area of around 9,500 metres squared and includes workshops, warehouses, offices, training and other support facilities.

The hangar can house and service A319, A320, A321, A340 and A350 aircraft and in addition to Hi Fly, other airlines holding maintenance contracts with Mesa will also benefit from the new hangar.  Operating 24/7, the hangar has the capacity to service up to  three aircraft at a time.

“Beja is a prime location for aircraft maintenance, and with this additional capacity we hope not only to keep up with the strong growth of Hi Fly’s fleet but also to acquire new customers mainly from Europe and Africa,” said Mesa’s President, Paulo Mirpuri. “It’s a big project for the group and we’re looking forward to welcoming our fleet to this fantastic facility.”

A comprehensive range of maintenance works related to line/ base maintenance will be performed at the hangar, including cabin interior upgrades, engine replacement, landing gear replacement, hydraulics tests, defects correction and troubleshooting.

Mesa has invested €30 million in the project, which is expected to create 150 jobs in its first three years of activity.

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