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Airlines Need Temporary Aircraft Hangar Space Due to Excess Capacity

As novel coronavirus (known as COVID-19) continues its advance across the globe, the travel industry is increasingly hard-hit. With cross-border travel bans in place in many countries, including the US, airports are now eerily quiet. With low demand for even domestic flights, airline equipment and personnel have been dislocated around the country and around the globe, creating a logistical nightmare. The industry is faced with massive excess capacity in aircraft, parts and equipment and needs solutions now.

The Coronavirus is the Biggest Threat to the Aviation Industry Since 9/11

The last major threat to the financial health of the airline industry occurred nearly 20 years ago on September 11, 2001. It took several years for the airlines to bounce back. Significant concern exists that the coronavirus may have a comparable negative impact on the industry’s bottom line, perhaps even longer lasting. A trade group estimates that the airline industry stands to lose as much as $113 billion dollars this year alone as the result of the effect of the virus.

Airlines that are flying are taking extreme precautions to clean and sanitize their aircraft and adapt behaviors to protect the health of passengers and crew as well as their ground personnel. With massive costs and infrastructure in place, the airline industry is seeking federal government funds to see them through the crisis, and will likely get at least some of that assistance to preserve the health of a vital industry.  Still, a financial and operational plan for managing the situation and preparing for the future is priority one for the industry.

Excess and Dislocated Equipment Solutions Needed

As the major airlines ramp down flights, smaller carriers are filling in the schedule gaps for those travelers who absolutely must fly. This adds to the massive dislocation and relocation of equipment. Many aircraft are grounded, particularly larger airliners that won’t fill to capacity if put into service, schedules are reduced and thousands of regular flights have been cancelled. Finding a place to temporarily store and service the usually airborne equipment, stockpile unneeded parts and provide logistical support to aircraft in places that may not have been hubs for them in the past, is a key factor in solving the logistical puzzle created by the COVID-19 related travel downturn.

Add Capacity with Tension Fabric Aircraft Hangars

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Tension fabric aircraft hangars have already been in use by the aviation industry for everything from providing permanent hangar space for day to day operations on the ground, to providing temporary extra space as needed, including during the frequent economic ups and downs in the industry. The industry appreciates their versatility, efficiency and fast availability. These large, sturdy and weather-resistant buildings can be in place long before a permanent structure can be built. More importantly, they are available for lease for the time they are needed, avoiding a requirement for a long term capital investment to build a new hangar. In many cases, they may be the only solution to make space available where there is no existing hangar available. A tension fabric building can be easily removed and the space returned to its original state when it is no longer needed.

Allsite tension fabric aircraft hangars are designed with the strength of a permanent building, but are faster to install and easy to transport, making them optimal for temporary use. With a large inventory available, Allsite can deliver a tension fabric structures within a few weeks and in certain cases within a few days. Allsite’s experienced crew can typically install a 20,000 square foot building in less than 2 weeks or more quickly, if needed.  

Tension fabric hangars are clear span, high clearance and can be sized to accommodate even large aircraft. They are flame resistant and engineered to withstand adverse weather conditions. The structure can be used on a temporary basis, but is designed to provide reliable, low-maintenance service for decades.

Accessories include lighting options, exhaust fans, vents, and custom weatherproofing, if needed. The structure can be outfitted for overhead access, signage, HVAC and more, creating a fully equipped, 24/7 accessible workspace or storage facility.  

Allsite Structure Rentals

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Allsite Structure Rentals is a leading provider of tension fabric aircraft hangars. In addition to a selection of structure sizes, we offer flexible lease plans that make it fast and easy to get your hangar in place and productive quickly and easily. Whether for light aircraft or an airliner, our experienced staff will work with you to arrange for delivery and installation of a hangar solution anywhere it is needed.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on how we can help with your temporary aircraft hangar storage needs during these difficult times.

Author Peter Milligan

Peter Milligan is a Business Development Manager at Allsite, with degree in Psychology from Lafayette College and 14 years experience in matching customers with Tension Fabric Structure solutions. Read more about Peter and the rest of our team at

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