Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
To support their continued growth as a leading low cost carrier in Brazil, Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras (Azul) decided to develop a new aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) center at Viracopos International Airport. Planning and programming the facility required an in-depth assessment of current practices in aircraft maintenance. As a facility of this size had not been constructed in the country for decades, Azul would have to address new and updated safety standards.
We worked closely with Azul to understand their current and future operational requirements for their expanding fleet, providing professional services from conceptual planning through development of construction documents.
The 35,000-square-meter MRO center will accommodate multiple configurations of aircraft for both line and heavy aircraft maintenance for Azul’s Embraer, ATR, and Airbus fleet. Support spaces include technical service shops, logistics management, administrative areas, management and engineering offices, and a technical training center. We worked closely with project stakeholders and end users to plan a facility that would enhance their productivity and provide a safe working environment for Azul employees.
A grand project in size, this facility will be the first wide-body hangar to be constructed in Brazil in the past 40 years. Consequently, our technical team worked closely with local municipal authorities to update current building codes and develop new standards for fire protection, contributing to the country’s greater aviation infrastructure.
When complete, the hangar will improve Azul’s maintenance productivity through enhanced operating efficiencies. These improvements will translate into cost savings for the airline and a healthy work environment for their employees.