With the ever-increasing demand for aircraft storage, Tarmac Aerosave decided to increase its total capacity to 270 aircraft by opening a fourth site in Paris-Vatry Airport (XCR).
Airlines grounding their fleets due to the low demand caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic have filled the aprons of many bases around the world.
As aircraft kept arriving, Tarmac Aerosave opened a fourth facility at Paris-Vatry Airport. The site is a former NATO base located close to other major airports in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Brussels.
Reconditioned as a freight platform, the site features a 3,860 meters (12,664 feet) runway, which previously welcomed the Antonov An-225, the world’s largest aircraft, as part of a medical relief flight. The airport, opened 24 hours a day, also sports a large parking area of more than 60,000 square meters (645,000 square feet). Tarmac Aerosave will thus be able to additionally store 30 aircraft of all types, bringing its total capacity to 270.
Tarmac Aerosave, which usually provides maintenance, reconditioning, and dismantling services, says it has dedicated most of its resources to storing, increasing capacity by 25%. Despite that, the suspension of other activities (including 40% drop in maintenance demand) forced the company to put some of its employees under partial unemployment.
“We are delighted with this collaboration with Paris-Vatry, a global benchmark platform for aviation logistics which has very recently demonstrated its efficiency. This new location allows us to meet the requests of all customers and to prepare more calmly for the next re-deliveries and long-term storage,” said Patrick Lecer, president of TARMAC Aerosave.
The French company is based in Tarbes Lourdes Pyrénées Airport (LDE) in France and is one of the biggest aircraft storage facilities in Europe. Besides its LDE and the newly established Paris-Vatry Airport bases, it also has two other sites in Teruel Airport (TEV), Spain, and Toulouse Francazal (LFBF).