A 75,000 sq. ft hangar marks KF’s debut into wide-body aircraft capability at its YHM Hamilton maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility.
November 21, 2019—Hamilton—KF Aerospace opened the doors this week on its first wide-body aircraft hangar. On Tuesday KF welcomed Air Transat to its now largest hangar, located at YHM Hamilton International Airport.
The 75,000 sq. foot hangar expands KF’s YHM Base to six concurrent lines of narrow body aircraft maintenance, or up to three wide-body aircraft, significantly expanding KF’s ability to support its growing domestic and international airline customers.
“We’re incredibly excited to reach this major milestone for KF and for our Hamilton base, which I opened almost 25 years ago,” says KF Founder and CEO, Barry Lapointe.
This massive building was completed in less than eight months, and is the centerpiece of KF’s $40-million investment in Hamilton expansion projects that include new shops facilities and a state-of-the-art aviation campus for the Mohawk College Aerospace Training Hub. The hangar is 285 ft wide by 265 ft deep with a 65 ft high ceiling—giving KF the ability to induct most wide-body aircraft.
KF began hiring earlier this year in preparation for the hangar opening and has already welcomed an additional 60 staff. With 200 currently at the base, KF is planning to grow to over 400 staff in Hamilton by 2022.
KF Aerospace is proud to deliver innovative aircraft solutions for corporate, commercial and military customers worldwide—including many of Canada’s best know aviation brands: WestJet, Encore, Swoop, Sunwing and Air Transat. Launched nearly 50 years ago out of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, KF has grown to specialize in a wide range of aviation services including maintenance and modifications, military aircrew training, air cargo operations and leasing. With facilities across Canada, KF is home to over 1,100 highly skilled employees.