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IN PICTURES: Launching Vallair’s MRO and cargo conversion hangar in Châteauroux

Vallair recently held an official launch ceremony for its new MRO and cargo conversion hangar at Marcel Dassault Airport in Châteauroux, France – and some of the best pictures from the event are displayed on this page.

The event was attended by an array of guests, from local dignitaries to Vallair clients, as well as Aviation Business News publications MRO Management and Airline Cargo Management, other trade media and local journalists.

Vallair showcased its A330 heavy maintenance capabilities and in-house cargo conversion services, while also launching a “reversible, reconfigurable, fast and low-cost” widebody cargo conversion solution.

The 8,520sq m hangar began operations in February this year. It can accommodate up to five A321 size aircraft simultaneously, or a combination of A330/A340 and A321s.

The 8,520sq m hangar began operations in February this year
Vallair’s president and CEO Grégoire Lebigot welcomed an array of guests to the launch ceremony

“This is the dawn of a new era for Vallair and our airline and lessor customers,” said Vallair’s president and CEO Grégoire Lebigot. “A core part of our activities will focus on passenger-to-freighter conversions and a dedicated unit will build upon our significant experience and knowledge in this area.

“In addition, our expertise with mature aeronautical assets enables us to follow our sustainability agenda as Vallair continues to grow. The new hangar complements our unparalleled expertise in the aerostructures arena, along with aircraft recycling already on site.

“Together with the Centre-Val de Loire Region and the Châteauroux Centre Airport Establishment, Vallair is proud to play a key role in the re-industrialisation of France and its aeronautical scene.”

The hangar is one of the largest of its kind in the world
Guests were invited to inspect the aircraft being worked on and the new E Class widebody cargo conversion solution

A party celebrating the launch of the hangar was held on the evening of 1 July
Trade media attended the event, including MRO Management editor Jason Holland (centre)
An impressive fireworks display capped an entertaining evening

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