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The Volga-Dnepr Group has inaugurated a new hangar at Leipzig/Halle Airport. Up to three Antonow AN-124 fit into the new maintenance hangar. The maintenance of Boeing 747 and 737/A320 planes is also planned.

After a good year of construction, a maintenance hangar was handed over today to Volga-Dnepr Technics GmbH at Leipzig/Halle Airport. The building of a 30 metre high, 94 metre wide and 90 metre long hangar cost 17.7 million euros. For the time being, the hangar has been leased to the company for 30 years.

According to the data, the maintenance hangar disposes of a total area of 8,500 metres squared and provides space for up to three airplanes of types Antonow AN-124 and Iljuschin IL-76TD, as well as Boeing 747 or four Boeing B737 or Airbus A320.

Before the end of this year in Leipzig the C-check for airplanes of type Boeing 747 should be included in the portfolio, informed Volga-Dnepr today. Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 planes should also be serviced in 2014. By the end of 2013 a repair station for aircraft wheels and brakes will be put into service; there are also plans for the construction of a repair station for aircraft components, according to company statements.

The taking on of the new maintenance base by Volga-Dnepr opens another chapter of excellent and amicable cooperation, says Dierk Näther, general manager of Leipzig/Halle Airport. The only European maintenance centre for machines of type Antonow has already been in operation at Leipzig/Halle Airport since 2007.

The Volga-Dnepr Group began expansion of its operations in Europe in 2004. The company has had two Antonow AN 124 permanently based at Leipzig/Halle Airport since 2006, which are out and about on humanitarian operations worldwide as part of the SALIS project “Strategic Air Lift Interim Solution” for NATO states, said the company general manager of Volga-Dnepr-Technics, Ildar Iljasov. The machines used are from Ruslan Salis GmbH, a subsidiary of the Russian Volga-Dnepr Group and the Ukrainian Antonov Airlines.

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