Aviation Technical Services opened its newly designed 607,000 square foot aircraft hanger, maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Kansas City, Missouri
, International Airport.
The company’s Kansas City facility will be its first location outside the state of Washington. Expanding to Missouri will put Aviation Technical Services closer to some of its largest customers, allowing it to improve customer service and expand its client base. Additionally, Kansas City is home to an international airport and an established aviation department which will provide Aviation Technical Services competitive advantages and opportunities for future growth.
ATS plans to begin servicing aircraft for Hawaiian Airlines and Air Canada, two of the first contracts for ATS in Missouri. Over the next three to five years, ATS expects to create 500 new jobs at the facility.
The company, headquartered
in the state of Washington, expects to handle more than 150 aircraft a year in its new Missouri facility. Under the agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, ATS will perform heavy maintenance work on Boeing 767s; the Air Canada contract calls for ATS to work on Boeing 787 modifications. Those contracts followed an earlier agreement for ATS to do maintenance work on 767-200 aircraft for Russian airline UTair Aviation.
“This is a great day for ATS, our customers and the extended Kansas City community,” said Matt Yerbic, President/CEO of ATS. “The ATS team, the Aviation Department and Metropolitan Community College aligned well to get this operation up and running in just a few months, including a complete renovation of this hangar.
“I’d like to sincerely thank Governor Nixon, the State of Missouri, the City of Kansas City, the Kansas City Missouri Economic Development Corporation, Platte County Economic Development Council and the Kansas City Area Development Council and many others for coming together to reignite the tradition of aviation in this area for airline customers and skilled aerospace
workers alike,” Yerbic said. “Since we took the keys to the building, I’m proud to report that over 70 technicians and support folks have joined the ATS-KC team and we’re continuing to hire. The fact that these flagship carriers (Hawaiian and Air Canada) have confirmed their commitment to this facility today is very exciting.”