KNOXVILLE, TENN. å—(May 8, 2002) å- Northwest Airlines and its Northwest Airlink affiliate, Pinnacle Airlines, Inc., today celebrated the completion of its new 55,000 square foot Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility, including associated offices and shops.
In November 2001, ground was broken for the facility and today a ceremonial Topping Out event celebrated the completion of heavy steelwork. The facility is scheduled to open in August and is located adjacent to the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport.
“We`re extremely pleased with the progress of this facility,” said Northwest Airlines manager Chuck O’Rourke. “The new hangar will allow Northwest Airlink to complete overnight maintenance, keeping our new fleet of regional jets operating efficiently.”
The Topping Out ceremony signifies a major construction milestone on the road to completion. Nearly 70 local project workers have already poured 5,000 cubic yards of concrete and erected 360 tons of steel.
Invited guests from the Knoxville business community will join Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority chairman Arthur Seymour Jr., Northwest Airlink vice president of maintenance and engineering Doug Shockey, and Northwest Airlines manager Charles O`Rourke to view the hoisting of a tree to the top of the facility structure.
The new hangar has a clear-span width of 197 feet and an inside height of 45 feet. It is configured to accommodate four Canadair Regional Jet aircraft. The facility will create more than 100 jobs for the community.
The general contractor for the project is Blaine Construction. Tennessee based S&ME is responsible for the testing services, and Piekering, Inc. is responsible for the design.
“By providing a central location for our fleet and by providing a home to our major maintenance activities, this facility will be the cornerstone of Pinnacle Airlines’ maintenance system,” said Pinnacle Airlines vice president of maintenance and engineering, Doug Shockey.
Northwest Airlines is the world`s fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam and more than 1,400 daily departures. With its travel partners, Northwest serves nearly 750 cities in almost 120 countries on six continents.
Pinnacle Airlines, Inc., formerly known as Express Airlines I, operates as a Northwest Airlink carrier.