The official groundbreaking ceremony for Avianor’s A220 Centre of Excellence took place on October 10, 2023. Avianor specializes in MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) and aircraft cabin integration and is expanding its head office at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport. This fast-growing company needs to expand its existing facilities by adding four additional maintenance lines in a new hangar capable of handling A220 aircraft and potentially other single-aisle aircraft. This new expansion also entails many technical considerations, including managing the purchase and installation of specific equipment and constructing the apron that will link the new Avianor building to the airport taxiways. Avianor, a company owned by DRAKKAR Aerospace & Ground Transportation, Groupe Mach, and Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), entrusted these mandates to Syscomax.
This expansion, with a total surface area of approximately 101,300 ft2 (9,411 m2) and 45 feet of vertical clearance, required rigorous planning to meet the aeronautical sector’s exacting and highly regulated needs. Along these lines, the Syscomax team will configure and install Megadoor giant opening hangar doors and oversee purchasing and installing a flammable liquid drainage floor. Syscomax will be the first general contractor in Canada to implement this innovative fire protection system. The building was designed in close collaboration with NEUF architect(e)s.
At the official groundbreaking, representatives of various levels of government and municipal authorities, ADM, Groupe Mach, DRAKKAR Aerospace & Ground Transportation, Air Canada, and Aéro Montréal and members of the Syscomax team gathered with Avianor executives to celebrate this milestone.
“Together with all the project’s partners and collaborators, we’ve been working on this expansion project for several months now, and we’ve worked hard to bring it to life. Today, we’re very proud and excited to attend this groundbreaking ceremony and see our efforts come to fruition. We’re delighted to add another aeronautical project to our portfolio at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport,” said Mélissa Robitaille, President and CEO of Syscomax
The expansion of the Avianor building will be carried out over twelve months, with project delivery scheduled for October 2024.
To learn more about Avianor’s new A220 Centre of Excellence, see the articles:
– Ground-breaking ceremony for Avianor's A220 Center of Excellence
– $70 Million investment in Mirabel: Avianor announces the construction of a Center of Excellence for A220 aircraft
In the photo from left to right:
Mélissa Robitaille (Syscomax), Patrick Charbonneau (Ville de Mirabel), Vincent Chiara (MACH), Denis Deschamps, FCPA,FCA (DRAKKAR), Pierre Fitzgibbon (Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie du Québec (MEIE)), Benoit Hudon (DRAKKAR Aerospace & Ground Transportation), Hugo Brouillard (Avianor Inc), Gilles Neron (Air Canada), Yves Beauchamp (ADM Aéroports de Montréal), Melanie Lussier (Aéro Montréal).
Photo source : Avianor Inc.