Saturday, January 28, 2012

Premier hiring workers for aircraft maintenance

Premier Aviation has already started hiring workers for its aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul business at Windsor Airport and is scheduled to take possession of the massive $22-million 140,000-square-foot hangar on March 1, according to the airport's president and CEO.

Federika Nazzani said Premier officials visited Windsor two weeks ago for a walk-through of the hangar, a deficiency walk-through is planned for next week with a completion date set for Feb. 13.

"They received about 130 applicants for various positions and found many with the skill sets which are needed," said Nazzani. "I expect they'll start with about 50 people on one shift and ramp up from there."

Company officials, meanwhile, declined to confirm details and timing of their plans.

Premier's clients include WestJet, Sunwing and Air Canada Jazz in addition to other operators.

Premier has its headquarters and a repair hangar in Trois-Rivieres and another repair facility in Rome, N.Y.

The Windsor Airport structure, which will be able to accommodate Boeing 777-300 aircraft, will include 93,000 square feet of open space and two floors of offices.

Designed to house wide-body aircraft, the hangar's cavernous main area will have a 74-foot ceiling with doors measuring 46 feet tall and 225 feet wide.

Construction began in July.

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