Aircraft Hangar for Eznis Airways, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
In early 2011 we were successful in being awarded a contract to design and supply an Aircraft Hangar for Eznis Airways.
This hangar was required to house their fleet comprising of four Saab 340B aircraft and two Avro RJ85 aircraft, which serve their expanding domestic flights service operating from the Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar.
The project required the design and fabrication of a 50m clear span Hangar together with a two storey office, workshop and stores facility on either side of the Hangar and across the rear elevation.
In addition, we supplied the Eznis Company Logo which sits proudly on both gable peaks of the Hangar and we also produced a separate pair of sliding doors which can be opened to allow the nose of an Avro RJ85 aircraft to be worked on in inside the Hangar whilst the rest of the aircraft remains outside.
A set of inflatable fabric seals mounted on the main Hangar doors and matched to the shape of the fuselage ensure that the weather stays outside.
We designed, fabricated and shipped every piece of steelwork, together with the cladding and the very important insulation material.
(temperatures in Ulaanbaatar hit + 40°C in the summer, but drop to – 40°C in the winter)
All packaged into more than 20 containers from the UK to Ulaanbaatar and also supervised the construction and erection of the structure before the worst of the winter weather set in.
Mongolia: Fuselage Sealing Doors
Construction of the aircraft maintenance hangar in Mongolia continues, and the fuselage sealing doors are now in place.
Designed by REIDsteel to fit an Avro RJ85. The fabric ring inflates to create a tight seal around the aircraft body so that maintenance can be carried out on the aircraft without the need for the whole plane to be inside the hangar.
When the seal is not in use, the smaller, outer doors slide shut and seal the hangar.
Small outer doors seal the hangar
The project was commisioned by Eznis Airways LLC, and is located in the Capital Ulaanbaatar.
Mongolia is a huge landlocked country, covering an area of over 1.5 million square kilometres. It is bordered by China on the south, east & west sides and by Russia to the north.
Local members of the construction crew
Mongolia: Minus 37 – That’s REALLY cold!
With UK temperatures now starting to creep below zero, spare a thought for our team constructing a REIDsteel designed aircraft maintenance hangar in Mongolia.
Temperatures there have dropped as low as minus 37 degrees centigrade!
At these kinds of temperatures things freeze fast, and the locals have developed some interesting methods for keeping their vehicles in service!
The cold also required some method adaptation for the REIDsteel crew. Materials behave differently, and jobs that are normally straightforward become fiddly when wearing gloves, but if you take your gloves off and touch metal with bare skin it will freeze and stick!
Despite these hardships, the team have done a great job and are due to complete on schedule.