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31.03.2021

RAS extends maintenance capacities

Defying the aviation crisis: RAS invests 15 million euros in the construction of new hangar and operations buildings and creates new jobs.
Contrary to the general trend among the major airlines, business aviation has been able to record a significant increase in demand in recent months despite the global Corona crisis. Rheinland Air Service is taking advantage of this opportunity. With the extensive expansion of the RAS operating areas and the creation of new jobs, the maintenance company is embarking on a clear growth course.

The excavators for the construction of a third hangar have been rolling at Mönchengladbach Airport for a few days now; Rheinland Air Service is increasing its maintenance capacities. The newly developed area will be home to two maintenance hangars, a large spare parts warehouse and modern offices with more than 15,000 square metres of space. Even before the Corona crisis, RAS recorded a steady increase in orders from the business aviation sector – which is why new capacities, both in terms of space and personnel, are urgently being created. In the short term, 50 new jobs will be created here, and in the long term up to 100.
The expansion of operations and the start of construction of the third hangar were originally planned for 2020, but were then postponed by a year due to the ongoing Corona crisis. A difficult situation, because the permanent lack of space meant that RAS could not accept all orders for the maintenance and repair of business jets.

With the expansion of operational capacities and the creation of new jobs, RAS is now embarking on a clear growth course and looks forward to being able to serve all requests in the future, not only in business aviation, but also in the company’s Special Mission Operational Aircraft division for civil and military purposes. “Our clear goal is to remain the leading European maintenance partner (MRO) for ATR regional aircraft and to continuously strengthen our long-term customer relationships,” says Walter Lange, COO. Currently, more than 50 ATR aircraft and more than 100 business jets are maintained, repaired and serviced in Rheinland Air Service hangars. The new hangar is the company’s most extensive expansion to date, with a total investment volume of 15 million euros. Completion is scheduled for summer 2022.

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Rheinland Air Service (RAS) is the largest employer at Mönchengladbach Airport with around 270 permanent employees. As a leading European provider in the field of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for international regional and business aviation, RAS serves a wide range of international clientele. In addition to sales, support and aircraft refuelling, RAS also offers complex conversions for various aircraft, e.g. special mission aircraft for civil and military purposes. In total, the RAS Group employs more than 350 people at 4 other German locations.