Handing over the keys at BER: maintenance hangar goes into operation07.05.2012
The biggest new infrastructure in the area of engineering – the maintenance hangar for airberlin technik and Germania Technik Brandenburg – went into operation on Monday at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt. In the presence of Berlin’s Senator for Economics, Sybille von Obernitz, and Airport CEO Prof. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, Heidelberg investor Jürgen B. Harder handed over a symbolic key to the future tenants airberlin technik and Germania Technik Brandenburg, represented by the CEO of airberlin, Hartmut Mehdorn, and the CEO of Germania, Andreas Wobig.
Since laying the foundation stone on 21 March 2011, it has taken 13 months to successfully complete the major building project. Spanning an area the size of nearly two-and-a-half football pitches, the hangar provides space for at least six Airbus A319/A320 or Boeing B737 aircraft, or alternatively two long-haul A330 aircraft. 70% of the hangar will be used by airberlin technik, 30% by Germania Technik Brandenburg. In addition to the maintenance area, more than 5,000 m2 of office, storage and workshop space will be rented out to the two aircraft maintenance companies.
“As the market leader in Berlin, we are looking forward to the new airport, which will enable us to offer our passengers an even better service and strengthen our market position”, said Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO of airberlin. “Our commitment to BER is also reflected in the area of maintenance. As of June 2012, the new hangar will double the maintenance capacity of airberlin technik in Berlin. Aircraft maintenance is our top priority and the new hangar will provide the perfect environment for this. The state-of-the-art building will enable us to carry out a wider range of maintenance tasks which previously had to be undertaken by other locations.”
“The new maintenance hangar shows a clear commitment to Berlin and is the hub of our subsidiary Germania Technik Brandenburg. We are delighted to have such an ideal infrastructure for maintaining and repairing our aircraft at Airport Berlin Brandenburg, too, and to be able to realise important synergies with airberlin”, said Andreas Wobig, CEO of Germania.
“As an entrepreneur, I am interested in a long-term and sound economic environment”, said Jürgen B. Harder of Harder & Partner. “The new BER Airport provides the best conditions for promoting a lively economic exchange, which was a key factor in favour of investing locally with these partners. We wish the airlines every success.”
Berlin’s Senator for Economics, Sybille von Obernitz, said: “airberlin carries the name of our city around the world with its aircraft. As a Berlin company, Germania is also a key ambassador for the city of Berlin. The shared maintenance hangar sends a strong signal for the future hub at BER. I would like to thank the investor Jürgen Harder and the tenants airberlin and Germania for their clear commitment to Berlin Brandenburg as a centre of aviation.”
Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, said: “The completion of the large maintenance hangar is a strong indication of BER’s position as an investment location and at the same time, an important foundation stone for establishing BER as a hub airport. In less than a month, East Germany’s largest place of employment will go into operation. The economic impetus will gain further momentum once the airport starts operating. Thanks to investors such as Harder & Partner, airberlin and Germania, who have already invested in the airport, we are in an excellent position to enter into competition with other airports.”