Published on July 15th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


New IAC Hangar in Shannon

Good progress is being made on the new International Aerospace Coatings (IAC) widebody painting hangar in Shannon. Construction began on the €22m hangar on October 2018 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

According to a representative for IAC, the decision to construct a new painting hangar in Shannon was based on customer fleet profiles for Airbus A380 aircraft, as well as the ability to accommodate all aircraft under development such as the A350-1000 and B777X. When a wide body is not being repainted, a combination or narrowbodies can occupy the hangar. Existing customers include Aer Lingus, Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways.

The company plan to add 108 staff to its Shannon site which will complement its existing two narrowbody hangars. Worldwide, IAC operates 12 locations across Europe and the Americas with eight widebody facilities and up to 36 paint lines.

International Aerospace Coatings (IAC) was formed in 2014 following the merger of Leading Edge Aviation Services, Associated Painters, and Eirtech Aviation. In 2017, both companies agreed to come together under one brand, IAC. The company paints up to 1,000 aircraft globally each year.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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