The sign at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
The sign at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A new $30 million maintenance and engineering facility at Los Angeles International Airport was unveiled Friday by the Australian airline Qantas.

The 613,543-square-foot hanger has 50 percent more space than the airline’s previous one and will be used to service Qantas’ A380 and Boeing 747 aircraft, as well as its new B787-9 Dreamliner when it enters service later in the year.

“We can have up to four aircraft on the ground at LAX at once and some are here for around 14 hours, so it makes sense to have a facility where we can make good use of that time by doing scheduled maintenance,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said. “Ultimately, this helps us increase the amount of time our aircraft can spend serving our customers.

Australia will always be where we do the majority of our maintenance, and we’ve invested heavily in our onshore facilities in recent years, but LAX is our next biggest transit point so we’re pleased to now have a facility that reflects that.”

Qantas operates more than 40 weekly departures from LAX to Australia.

–City News Service

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