Air Transport World

Facing up to the M&E shortage. (maintenance and engineering)

Southend, England-British Air Ferries, a passenger/cargo charter airline headquartered on this airport east of London, is moving determinedly into the third-party engineering business, even though good aviation engineers are becoming a scarce resource in the U.K.

Recent indications of this determination are acquisition of an additional 40,000 sq. ft. of hangar space, raising total capacity to 70,000 sq. ft., and the appointment of Barry Stone as managing director of the BAF engineering division. Stone arrived last October from Field Aircraft, where he was assistant MD, responsible for maintenance programs on Boeing 737s, British Aerospace 146s and 748s, military VC-10 conversion work and BAe Jetstream 31 completions.

Stone heads up a work force of 200, comprising 140 engineers and 60 support staff, and plans to hire an additional 50, both licensed and unlicensed, with aircraft-related skills, in the coming 18 months. …

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