Since their acquisition by Jet Aviation earlier this year, Hawker Pacific have been forging full steam ahead, notably up north where a $4.5 million expansion of their hangar at Cairns Airport has attracted new multi-million dollar contracts and created additional employment. The expanded facility, opened in early November, can now accomodate 12 aircraft, including for the first time Fokker 100s which has allowed Hawker to now work with Alliance Airlines on their ‘heavier metal’. Formerly, Alliance’s Fokker 100s generally had to go out of the country for maintenance so Hawker Pacific’s new maintenance contract has secured more jobs for Australia: 20 new jobs have been created there in the past few months with plans to add another 20 in the near future.
Hawker Pacific has had operations in Cairns since 1987 providing maintenance support to Virgin Airlines, Heavilift, Marshall Island Airlines and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Sales Director Neville Evans is inspired by their expanded footprint and Hawker’s extended reach: “We’ve been very bullish about the fact that we live here, so we want the work to be here. We’re pulling aircraft out of Asia, the Pacific Islands and domestically throughout Australia. People also send in avionic components to us in cardboard boxes from all over the world, so we’ll be trying to expand that business as well.”