|Alaska Airlines’ current maintenance hangar in Anchorage, Alaska. Photo: Alaska Airlines
[Avionics Today 08-01-2016] Alaska Airlines announced plans to build a new $40 million airplane maintenance facility at the site of the current Signature Flight Support building in Anchorage, Alaska. The new hangar, which is located about a half mile from Alaska's existing 37,500-square-foot facility, is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2018.
"As we grow and add larger planes to our fleet, it's time we upgraded our northernmost maintenance facility," said Kurt Kinder, Alaska Airlines' vice president of maintenance and engineering.
When complete, Alaska's new hangar will measure 105,000 square feet, twice as big as Alaska's existing Anchorage maintenance hangar. The new hangar will be able to house two 737-Max 9 aircraft, which will be the longest/widest plane in the carrier's fleet.