Vallair has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Centre-Val de Loire Region and the Châteauroux Centre Airport Establishment for a new MRO and conversion facility at Châteauroux (CHR).
The LoI will see Vallair awarded a ten-year lease for a state-of-the-art full-service aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul, and cargo conversion hangar adjacent to its existing aerostructures repair and logistics facility in Châteauroux, France.
“This is an important step for Vallair as we establish our blueprint for growth,” says Gregoire Lebigot, CEO of Vallair. “This new facility will be a natural extension of Vallair’s existing operations in Montpellier and Châteauroux,” he says.
This will include providing maintenance, lease transfers, modifications, reconfigurations, aircraft parking, and storage, as well as repairs of aerostructure and composite elements.
“In addition to this we will be establishing our own dedicated conversion unit which will showcase Vallair’s experience and knowledge of passenger-to-freighter conversions,” Lebigot says.
“Our aim is to support our customers through these challenging times and to be prepared for the surge in demand expected from the fourth quarter.”
Vallair currently has seven aircraft scheduled for such work in Châteauroux, with another five expected over the coming weeks.
This new hangar will have a footprint of 8,500sqm with the facility able to accommodate four A321 size aircraft or a combination of A330s and A321s.
Although completion is anticipated by Summer 2021, Vallair will continue to support this project with a forecasted EUR 5.0 million investment in the coming months.
Lebigot expressed his gratitude to representatives of the Centre-Val de Loire, and Châteauroux Centre Airport Establishment for their “continuous support of this project”.
“Our unrivaled focus on mature aircraft assets enables us to provide enhanced sustainability, and we look forward to the contribution this new facility will make towards a future full of opportunities for Vallair,” adds Lebigot.