Helicopter engine maintenance provider Optima Aero is opening a facility in Anglet, France, to enhance its ability to serve operators and OEMs in Europe in Africa. The 1,000-sq-m (10,800-sq-ft) center will house maintenance, component, refurbishment, certification, and distribution activities.

“This new facility, which will mainly support Airbus and Leonardo operators, will allow us to meet the growing demand for serviceable helicopter parts and engines,” said Optima Aero president Toby Gauld. “We will now be in a position to dismantle entire helicopters directly in Europe, thus reducing our carbon footprint related to transportation. Our team will also have the capability to certify helicopter parts.”

Optima noted the facility’s location in the French Aerospace Valley facilitates collaboration with other industry organizations and access to specialized resources. Its team formerly located in Labenne, France, has moved to the new facility. Optima said the location will expand over the next two years to employ 20 technicians and commercial specialists.

Source: ainonline.com

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