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Published on February 16th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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MAAS Aviation Open New Aircraft Paint Shop

Aircraft painting company, MAAS Aviation who have their headquarters in Dublin have opened a new painting facility at Kaunas Airport in Lithuania. The facility grows MAAS Aviation’s global footprint to eleven paint shops and increases their overall MRO capacity in Europe by 40%. Designed to achieve the highest industry quality standards, the facility features the very latest technologies, including systems to ensure safe and secure operations and to manage the environmental impact of the Company’s activities.  The new facility is a twin-bay narrow body paint shop capable of accommodating up to two Airbus A321 sized aircraft simultaneously.  All MAAS Aviation facilities are certified to EN9100, ISO9001 and ISO14001 standards and the Kaunas shop will operate to these standards from the outset. 

Speaking about the new facility in Kaunas, CEO of MAAS Aviation, Tim Macdougald said “It was the universal willingness of the Lithuanian authorities to bring a new industry to Lithuania. I’d particularly like to mention Invest Lithuania and the Airport Authority of Lithuania for supporting a project that spearheads the development of aviation services at Kaunas; and to FL Technics for committing to build a partnership with MAAS to combine our services with theirs for the benefit of airline and lease company customers; and to Ryanair for its continued business and trust in being our launch customer at the site.”

The company was established nearly 40 years ago as Expressair Aviation, and was formed by Darragh Hall Sr. The company opened its first painting hanger at Shannon Airport and early contracts from the GPA group helped towards building its success. By  2015, MAAS Aviation had just three paint shops in two locations, 130 aircraft were painted, and turnover was approximately $10 million.This year MAAS will have eleven paint shops (three in Hamburg; two in Kaunas; two in Maastricht; one at Fokker Woensdrecht; and three in Mobile, Alabama). They expect to be painting up to 300 aircraft with turnover expected to exceed $28 million.

                      

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