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May 16, 2013

Easyjet hanger

Beginning as a modest low-cost operation with a couple of elderly leased 737s between Luton and Glasgow, it is now one of the biggest airlines in Europe. EasyJet has always been a colorful enterprise, thanks to both its charismatic and self-promoting Greek founder, Stelios Haji-Oannou, and its bright orange planes. In line with this their huge and bright orange hangar was looking for some TLC recently and Kaizen were instructed to carry out the work to restore it to its former glory.

Security restrictions at the airport made access to this job particularly challenging; weather conditions just added to the difficulties that would have to be overcome to start this project!  The design of the building’s sloping roof restricted selection of Access equipment that could be used to reach at height. Cherry pickers, scissor, and scaffold were all out of the question for the roof so the rope team were again asked to use their experience and design a safe and productive method of work. This was achieved while the rest of the more easy to reach hangar was cleaned via Kaizen’s lorry mounted access platforms.
Excellent planning, flexibility and communication was paramount to the success of this project.  Using a variety of methods, including a specialist gloss sealant to protect the surface, the team delivered the project on budget and on time.  The hangar is now the first thing you see at the airport again!