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Britten-Norman extends its facilities at Solent Airport and Malta International Airport

PUBLISHED: 10:51 10 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:51 10 May 2019

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Britten-Norman is extending its aircraft manufacturing and maintenance facilities at Solent Airport (Daedalus) in Hampshire

The company has signed a lease for two new purpose-built airside hangars within the local Fareham Borough Council's newly established aviation park.

The additional 13,000sq ft will accommodate a new final assembly plant for the group's manufacturing subsidiary, Britten-Norman Aircraft, and space for its aerospace services business, BN Aviation, which provides Original Equipment Manufacturer aircraft refurbishment, EASA Part 145 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul services, international field servicing and specialist avionics and mission systems integration.

CEO William Hynett says: "Our commitment to Daedalus started when we moved our airfield operations here in 2010. Our military operations centre, BN Defence, has created over sixty jobs on the site and we now intend to utilise the airfield as our primary aircraft operating base for our UK civil operations as well, creating or safeguarding another fifty jobs.

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"To date we have invested over £20 million into the local community and now look forward to increasing that investment further."

Britten-Norman has also announced plans to expand its overseas training capabilities by leasing new premises at Malta International Airport.

Whilst training will be the primary focus there, the company is also working closely with Transport Malta's Civil Aviation Directorate to introduce other aviation-related services at the same site.

"Malta benefits from favourable weather conditions and relative airspace freedom, making the archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea an excellent location to help broaden Britten-Norman's training output," explains the CEO.

"Malta was selected because of its historic links with the UK and its strong cultural and operational fit."

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