Last Friday Brussels Airlines launched its first trans-Atlantic route. Next Thursday the new Diabolo railway link will be officially opened in the presence of King Albert II. But today Tuesday saw yet another milestone for Brussels Airport: the laying of the foundation stone of Jetair’s new mega building.
On the site where hangar 40 once stood, the TUI Travel Belgium building will be constructed, a combination of new state-of-the art 10,000 m² maintenance hangar and 11,500 m² of office space. The hangar will be a specialist maintenance centre for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. JetairFly is the first Belgian airline to add the Dreamliner to its fleet. And seen on a larger scale, the group will see its fleet extended by several of these Boeings, which will be based at various airports in Europe. For the maintenance of its Dreamliners the group decided to establish its own “Goldcare” competence center in Europa, and after a thorough comparison of several competing airports, the group selected Brussels Airport. JetairFly and its technology sister company Tec4Jets can also carry out the maintenance of the B787s of other carriers, or even of other aircraft types. The hangar has a free span of 112m for a height of 20 meters. It can simultaneously accommodate one B787 and a B737, or three B737s.
Apart from a state-of-the-art maintenance center, the TUI Travel Belgium building will feature several storeys of office space. These will accommodate some thousand members of staff from different companies of the Jetair group in our country. Today they are working at more than 10 different locations around the country, ranging from commercial services to call centres. This means that in time we will be welcoming about a thousand new airport colleagues at Brussels Airport.
With their decision to have their building constructed here and to centralise their administrative services, TUI, Jetair and JetairFly have made a clear choice for Brussels Airport. A choice, we obviously much appreciate. The TUI Travel Belgium building is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.