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Monarch Birmingham Airport hangar 'creates 300 jobs'

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Media captionThe hangar can fit four full-size football pitches or 450 double-decker buses inside

A new multimillion-pound aircraft maintenance hangar at Birmingham Airport will create up to 300 jobs, an engineering company has said.

The Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited hangar opened on Tuesday.

It is big enough to fit four full size football pitches, or 450 double-decker buses, inside.

It is the only hangar in the country to have space for maintenance of one of the world's biggest planes, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the firm said.

Birmingham Airport chief executive Paul Kehoe said the hangar would create 150 engineering jobs immediately and there was also potential to add a further 150 posts.

"Opening this facility in Birmingham underpins Monarch's long-term commitment to the region, creating job opportunities for skilled engineers and young people looking to start a career in aircraft maintenance," he said.

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