Present in the photo, left to right :Mélissa Robitaille (Syscomax), Patrick Charbonneau (Ville de Mirabel), Vincent Chiara (Groupe MACH), Denis Deschamps (DRAKKAR), Pierre Fitzgibbon (MEIE), Benoit Hudon (DRAKKAR Aerospace & Ground Transportation), Hugo Brouillard (Avianor), Gilles Néron (Air Canada), Yves Beauchamp (Aéroports de Montréal), Mélanie Lussier (Aéro Montréal). (CNW Group/Avianor). PHOTO courtesy Avianor.
Avianor, a DRAKKAR Aerospace & Ground Transportation company specializing in MRO and cabin integration for over 25 years, has broken ground on its future A220 Center of Excellence in Montreal.
The event marked the launch of the construction in the presence of Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Energy (MEIE), Minister Responsible for Regional Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region.
This historic moment for Avianor and the Quebec aerospace industry occurred at the Montréal-Mirabel International Airport (YMX). Many key players gathered for the occasion, including representatives and dignitaries from MEIE, Ville de Mirabel, DRAKKAR, Air Canada, Groupe MACH, Aéroports de Montréal, Aéro Montréal and Syscomax.
Work has already begun on this significant project, which will strengthen Quebec’s aerospace reputation and be operational by Fall 2024, with Groupe MACH as the real estate partner. Representing a major investment of over $70 million in infrastructure, digitization, and state-of-the-art equipment, the 105,000 sq. ft. A220 Center of Excellence will create numerous specialized jobs in the region, contributing to its reputation as the world’s third-largest aerospace hub.
“This ground-breaking is another important milestone in a project that will have payoffs at every level, locally, nationally, and internationally. We’re sending out a strong message that there will finally be a major, world-class hub at YMX, where the A220 is assembled and now maintained, thanks to this new Center of Excellence. And that’s not counting all the players who will revolve around this hub,” emphasized Benoit Hudon, President and CEO of DRAKKAR Aerospace & Ground Transportation.