Air Canada has broken ground on a new $90-million aircraft hangar project at Toronto Pearson Airport that will support the airline’s ongoing expansion of its Toronto global hub. Once complete, the new Hangar 5 building will cover an area equal to seven professional hockey rinks and accommodate five aircraft at one time.
“Air Canada is demonstrating its commitment to international expansion at its Toronto global hub by investing $90-million on this project to create a new hangar. We have grown our Toronto operations by more than 50 per cent since 2009. This building, our second major construction project in the Greater Toronto Area following the opening of a new $60-million operations centre in Brampton in 2013, will support Air Canada’s future growth by giving us state-of-the-art maintenance, storage and training facilities in an environmentally-friendly structure,” said Benjamin Smith, president, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
Once completed in April 2018, Hangar 5 will cover more than 127,000 square feet under a 77-foot high ceiling formed by the largest uninterrupted commercial hangar span in Canada. At capacity, it will be able to accommodate up to three wide body and two narrow body aircraft. Other features of the new hangar include:
- Environmentally friendly features such as LED lighting on the interior and exterior of the building, “light harvesting” using sidewall panels that let in exterior light, radiant heating, and a new high-efficiency hangar door design.
- The hangar door consists of six leaves, each approximately 75 feet high and wide, that open at the rate of 60 feet per minute. The door will feature an iris, which is an aperture that allows part of the aircraft fuselage to protrude outside the hangar with the remainder of the aircraft inside the hangar when the door is closed. The iris optimizes the use of space by allowing placement of a third wide-body aircraft in the facility and increases the building’s overall energy efficiency.
- There will be approximately 150 work locations within the hangar office space area. On the floor, there will be five separate aircraft positions where technicians and storekeepers will work. The hangar also has multiple training classrooms able to accommodate 200 people and a cafeteria for 100 people.