Chevron Sees Unique Opportunity in Glasgow
Chevron Technical Services is establishing a new maintenance facility at Glasgow Prestwick Airport in January 2017. Kevin Simons, sales and marketing director for the Chevron Group, says Chevron Aircraft Maintenance Prestwick now offers a significant portfolio of capabilities and supports many models, ranging from ERJ-170s and -190s up to 787s. “Chevron has a rich history in regional aircraft over the past five years and has supported many European operators with line and base maintenance,” Simons notes.
The new facility will have 150,000 square feet of hangars, parking space and offices, adding substantially to Chevron Prestwick’s capacity. At present, the company has no airline partner or launch customer, but is “open to any dialogue with interested parties,” Simon says. The MRO is currently “negotiating letter-check maintenance slots with several European based airlines.”
Simon says Chevron Prestwick will seek a variety of work, including modifications, heavy checks, reconfigurations, line maintenance and aircraft care and maintenance program. Chevron will support all component repair and overhaul from its Manchester headquarters facility and workshops. It will also offer an aircraft decommissioning service.
Chevron Prestwick will add 30 new staff initially and then another 20 to 25 when operations are running as planned. The firm now employs 67 staff, supported by 30 contract engineering staff, a count that fluctuates with workload.
Simon says Chevron has identified a need for more aircraft maintenance capacity, including capacity for aircraft up to 747-400s. “Prestwick delivers this widebody capability,” he says. In addition, Prestwick Airport offers full instrument landing system access 24 hours a day, every day of the year, with no noise limitations. A good local climate and Prestwick’s location at the mid-point of Great Circle routes combine for what Simon calls, “a unique expansion opportunity.”