Internal view of easyJet triple-span MRO hangar at Gatwick Airport with easyjet airplane inside
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easyJet Triple-Span MRO Hangar

Gatwick Airport, London

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easyJet selected Rubb to design, manufacture, and construct their top-flight hangar facility at Gatwick Airport to handle the airline’s in-house MRO operations.

Europe’s leading airline, easyJet, initially asked Rubb to provide a twin-span hangar measuring 91.5m wide x 60m long. The structure measured 9.2m to the eaves and 16.8m to apex of each span. Each front gable measured 45.7m wide and featured a 41m wide x 13.5m vertical lifting fabric door. The twin-span structure was insulated with in 150mm Thermohall® and clad in 8,700 m² of PVC membrane.

To complete the build, two sets of vertical lifting Megadoor hangar doors were fitted to allow access to the two A321 bay facility. The hangar is complimented by a 550 m² external logistics and office building.

Building commenced in November 2015 the first aircraft was entered the hangar in May 2016. This was not the end of the project, however.

Internal view of easyJet triple-span MRO hangar at Gatwick Airport with easyjet airplane inside

Flagship hangar

Ian Hindmoor, Rubb UK Managing Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the easyJet hangar facility at LGW. We are very proud of this flagship aviation hangar and of what we have delivered in a challenging and complicated working environment, in such a short space of time—twice.

“Rubb worked very closely with Brendan McConnellogue and the easyJet team to produce an outstanding, custom, British-designed, manufactured and constructed Rubb MRO hangar.

“From early discussions through to completion, easyJet were very professional and proactive in working with all concerned to deliver a world-class working environment.”

The Rubb team who worked on site were absolutely first class. The first steel went in the ground on December 14 and by May 19 we were able to introduce the first aircraft into the hangar. The successful delivery of this project, which has been challenging both in terms of scale and its timeline, is another example of what can be achieved through easyJet’s innovative and lean approach.

Head of Maintenance, easyJet Brendan McConnellogue

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