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MAAS Aviation completes its 1,000th paint job for Airbus in Hamburg

MAAS Aviation and Airbus teams celebrating delivery of the 1,000th aircraft livery painted at the MAAS Hamburg paint shops, May 2024.
photo_camera MAAS Aviation and Airbus teams celebrating delivery of the 1,000th aircraft livery painted at the MAAS Hamburg paint shops, May 2024.

Aircraft painting and exterior coatings company, MAAS Aviation, has celebrated the 1,000th aircraft (an A321 for Air Asia) to be painted at its custom-built Airbus Finkenwerder Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Hamburg, Germany.

The FAL site can paint up to 144 aircraft a year and has three bays capable of accommodating aircraft as large as A321XLRs.

MAAS Aviation’s first paint shop at the site entered service in December 2012, with its second bay becoming operational in October 2016 and the third being added in April 2018.

MAAS Aviation’s partnership with Airbus in Hamburg has led to the employment of over 100 people currently working at the facility, which paints exclusively for the aircraft OEM.

Tim Macdougald, chief business development officer at MAAS Aviation, said about the partnership with Airbus: “The positive collaboration between our companies is a real demonstration of what can be achieved when a large corporation supports a much smaller business.

“It goes to show that size really doesn’t matter – it’s all about capability and the desire to succeed.”

Macdougald added: “Airbus gave us a significant vote of confidence by placing their trust in us to design, build and operate our first paint shop in Hamburg back in 2011. The success of this partnership lead to them entrusting us with our second and third paint shops at the site, and ultimately led to MAAS establishing further operations in Mobile, Alabama.

“We are grateful for the support Airbus has given us and are proud that the quality of our work has enabled this relationship to flourish and grow.”

Jan van Engelen, chief executive at MAAS Aviation, said: “I am constantly amazed by the skill and dexterity of our painting technicians – from complex multi-coloured liveries, to achieving the smoothest gleaming white – they are renowned for being the best in the industry.

“The OEM standards that we are required to achieve every time an aircraft leaves our hangar to fly to its new owner, represent the pinnacle of painting craftsmanship. Our long-term relationship with one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers is testimony to the commitment of both parties to deliver the very best product to discerning airlines across the globe.

“Our team in Hamburg continues to set world-class standards in aircraft painting and is a great example of what can be achieved by working together. We celebrate this significant milestone with our valued partner, Airbus.”

MAAS Aviation also operates facilities for Airbus at their US manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama, and have just opened two additional new paint bays at the US site, bringing the total number of OEM bays to eight that paint exclusively for Airbus, and a further five narrowbody MRO paint bays in Europe.

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