Aircraft Solutions USA’s plan to build aircraft recycling facility in North Carolina now underway

Aircraft Solutions USA, a leading provider of sustainable end-to-end aircraft recycling solutions, is moving forward with its plan to build an aircraft recycling facility at North Carolina’s Global TransPark in Kinston.  The construction start has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the facility is still slated to be operational by the second quarter of 2021.  It will consist of one of the world’s largest hangars which will include dismantling, MRO and painting operations.  “We are making some critical hires, including our interim CEO and our Head of Innovations, and are looking to start construction this summer,” said Sven Daniel Koechler, PhD, General Manager of Aircraft Solutions USA.”  The company will initially create 475 jobs and will invest nearly US$100 million in the new aircraft recycling center.

Once operational, Aircraft Solutions USA’s Kinston facility will recycle decommissioned commercial and military aircraft deploying a proprietary new recycling technology.  This will enable the company to recycle many more aircraft each year than conventional methods enable. “With our proprietary recycling technology, we can recycle many more aircraft per year; for instance, up to 70 additional twin-engine narrow- body airliners” said Koechler

Aircraft parts such as engines, landing gear, avionics, and in-flight entertainment systems can be refurbished and sold on the aircraft parts aftermarket.  Aircraft Solutions USA’s ultimate-goal is to use every part of the airplane and up-cycle it to make a new product, for-example a new pair of sneakers made from aircraft seating material. The long-term objective is to expand the recycling operation by establishing various production facilities that will create new products for diverse industries from up-cycled materials.

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