A new hangar has been officially opened at Birmingham Airport by Monarch airline.
The giant 110,000 square-foot facility is capable of housing up to 10 narrow body aircraft, and is the only hangar in the UK capable of maintaining the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Monarch is opening its new 110,000 square-foot maintenance facility at Birmingham airport today.
The company says it has created 150 jobs and provided the first hangar in the UK capable of working on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
It is designed to be a strategically important facility for the airline industry in the Midlands.
MAG, the owner of East Midlands Airport, and Monarch Airlines will introduce flights to Malaga, Alicante, Palma and Faro from late summer 2012.
MAG's Chief Commercial Officer, Kevin O'Toole, said, "“Whilst we’re sorry to see the closure of bmibaby, Spain and Portugal are extremely popular destinations with our passengers and we were very keen to ensure that we were able to provide this."
Monarch will release more details about its schedule and timetable from East Midlands Airport in the coming weeks.
MAG and Monarch Airlines already enjoy a successful relationship at Manchester Airport where the airline has a significant base operating short-haul and long-haul services.
In a joint announcement this afternoon, it has been confirmed Monarch Airlines will create a new base at East Midlands Airport.
More to follow.