FAI completes €7m carbon neutral hangar development at Nuremberg Airport

Plus: Fleet expansion continues with addition of Global Express XRS and Challenger 604

FAI Asset Management GmbH, a member of the Nuremberg, Germany-headquartered FAI Aviation Group, has completed a brand new 4800 m2 carbon neutral maintenance hangar, known as Hangar 8, at Albrecht Dürer Airport (NUE) in Nuremberg, Germany.

The new hangar represents an investment of €7m and has created at least 10 new local engineering jobs, plus a number of other support positions.

The facility, which took just eight months to complete, was designed by FAI Chairman and Founder Siegfried Axtmann and mirrors the existing FAI properties in style. It was built by German contractor Maisel Bau, which also built FAI’s Hangar 7.

The hangar’s carbon neutral status was achieved by purchasing carbon credits from the European Union Emissions Trading System. These credits are being used to support worthwhile projects around the world to neutralise greenhouse gas emissions. This latest development will complement FAI’s existing Hangars 6 and 7, both of which are certified carbon neutral and will continue to serve base maintenance needs.

FAI's new carbon neutral Hangar 8.

The new Hangar 8 provides a modern and convenient aircraft space for FAI’s Nuremberg-based customers. It comprises 4500 m2 of hangar space and 300 m2 dedicated to office space. FAI Technik, the in-house maintenance division of FAI Group will use the new space to provide line maintenance work across a range of aircraft, including its own fleet. Significantly, the new hangar will also be used for aircraft storage to meet the growing demand for hangar space in Europe. The hangar is capable of storing up to three Airbus A320 or five Bombardier Global Express aircraft.

Siegfried Axtmann commented: “We are delighted to complete our new carbon neutral Hangar 8 development on time and on schedule. We are also pleased to be bolstering our 60-strong engineering team with new local jobs in Nuremberg. Our growing team will maintain our own fleet as well as the privately-owned aircraft we manage. The team will also support our expansion into the aircraft storage market. With the number of aircraft for sale in Europe increasing, there is a need for air-conditioned hangar space to keep them in mint condition before a sale takes place. We hope our new hangar will help to meet that need.”

FAI’s facility also incorporates administration offices, a fully serviced FBO, FAI’s 24/7 Air Ambulance Operation Centre, component shops and training facilities for FAI staff.

Fleet expansion continues with addition of Global Express XRS and Challenger 604

In further news, FAI rent-a-jet Aktiengesellschaft (dba Flight Ambulance Intl.) has announced further expansion of its fleet with the addition of a fourth Bombardier Global Express and sixth Bombardier Challenger 604. This bolsters FAI’s total fleet to 24 jet aircraft and further underlines FAI’s position as Germany’s largest general aviation operator.

The Global Express XRS is being operated under Part-NCC (Non-Commercial Operations) rules on the San Marino aircraft registry on behalf of a corporate client. The Challenger 604 will also be operated under Part-NCC rules under the Cayman Islands registry. Both aircraft will join the fleet on June 1st.

The aircraft will be based at the company’s headquarters in Nuremberg and will be maintained by FAI’s MRO subsidiary, FAI Technik.

The company has taken a leading position in the German Business Aviation sector utilizing in excess of 13,000 hours of airtime in 2016. Siegfried Axtmann commented, “I’m delighted to welcome these two excellent performing aircraft into our fleet and equally delighted to maintain our position as the largest business jet operator in Germany for the second year in succession. Our primary goal is to continue to be one of the most profitable business jet operators in Europe and so far this year it is looking like we will achieve this yet again.”

FAI is a niche operator specialized in worldwide patient transport by air ambulance, as well logistic flight support for NGOs in hostile areas. All of the aircraft are based at the company’s home base of Albrecht Dürer Airport in Nuremberg, Germany and maintained by FAI Technik. The additional aircraft also serve to strengthen the company’s position as one of Europe’s largest Bombardier operators, which brings significant operational and cost benefits.

The FAI fleet comprises four Global Express, six Challenger 604, 11 Learjet 60, two Learjet 55, one Premier 1A and a King Air 350.


FAI will be exhibiting at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) May 22-24th in Geneva, Switzerland on the Avinode Booth #F70.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 4th May 2017 | Issue #415