MELBOURNE, FL (Dec. 15, 2010) — Midair S.A., an international aviation company headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, announced today the location of a major U.S. aircraft maintenance operation at Melbourne International Airport.
Midair S.A. projects the 180,000-square-foot facility will have a work force of 300 to 450 within three years with average annual wages of $45,564. The $28 million facility will include two hangar bays designed to accommodate Boeing 747-400 aircraft for interior reconfigurations, as well as extensive maintenance, repair, painting and overhaul functions. The site will be operated by subsidiary Midair USA Inc. of Rome, N.Y.
During the planning and negotiating process, the airport designated Midair S.A. as “Project Aries”.
Midair S.A. provides a wide range of aviation services including:
• Aircraft ownership, trading and leasing;
• Aircraft engineering and maintenance management;
• Asset management for financial institutions;
• Aviation consultancy and flight operations;
• Aircraft re-marketing services;
• Technical records reconciliation reformatting.
“The location of Midair USA is another milestone in our long-range goal of making Melbourne International a key economic driver in the Brevard County economy,” said airport Executive Director Richard A. Ennis. “The addition of Midair to our growing list of aviation tenants reflects that the airport is rapidly becoming one of the major centers of aviation commerce in the United States.”
Midair USA joins a number of other aviation manufacturing and maintenance tenants at the airport including Northrop Grumman, Embraer, AAR Aviation Worldwide Services, Rockwell Collins and Liberty Aerospace.
“We worked closely on this project with Enterprise Florida and the Melbourne International Airport and look forward to welcoming Midair USA to the Space Coast,” said Lynda Weatherman, president & CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. “Midair’s location on the Space Coast will further solidify our strength in the aerospace and aviation industry.”
Midair’s decision to locate in Melbourne comes on the heels of the airport landing AAR, which announced in November it would bring 225 jobs with an average salary of $65,000. The newcomers will bring a combined annual payroll of more than $35 million to the Space Coast economy.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer will begin operating its Phenom business jet assembly and showroom facilities at the airport next year. It will add 200 new jobs and a $10 million payroll.
Midair will begin operations almost immediately, with the first Boeing 747 scheduled to arrive for maintenance in early February. Temporary facilities will be constructed on the northwest apron adjacent to General Aviation Drive, and operations will continue there while a permanent hangar facility is built on an adjacent site during the next 18 months.
Key executives in making the location decision include Michael H. Davis, managing director of Midair S.A., and William Moore, president of Midair USA.
“This decision to locate at MLB was the result of a major cooperative effort on the part of the State of Florida and the local community,” said Larry Wuensch, the airport’s director of land development.
Wuensch added that the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Enterprise Florida, Congressman Bill Posey, Space Florida, Brevard Workforce Development Board, the City of Melbourne and local banks were some of the key players to encourage Midair to make the move to Melbourne.
Wuensch also thanked site-selection consultant VJS Lincoln of Pewaukee, Wis., for its work in selecting Melbourne.
“The competition among communities in Florida and other states was intense, and we are understandably delighted to have emerged the winner,” Wuensch said. “It is a great Christmas present!”