Air India’s $107-m Nagpur MRO facility set to take off on April 30

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Mumbai | Published: April 7, 2015 1:17:12 AM

One of Asia’s biggest facilities, Air India’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) unit in Nagpur, built by Boeing...

One of Asia’s biggest facilities, Air India’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) unit in Nagpur, built by Boeing, is set to be operational on April 30, a senior Air India official told FE.

The airframe MRO facility, built for an estimated $107 million, is spread across 50 acres and can accommodate several wide-bodied and narrow-bodied aircraft at a time.

“There are two hangers at the Nagpur MRO unit that can house four wide-bodied aircraft and six narrow-bodied aircraft simultaneously,” a senior Boeing official told FE.

The carrier also plans to build a $90-million engine MRO unit with enginemaker General Electronic (GE), set to be located next to the airframe MRO facility at Nagpur.

The Nagpur airframe MRO unit, built by Boeing as part of its obligations for selling its aircraft to the national carrier in 2005, will offer its facilities to Air India’s fleet as well as to third parties. Air India currently has 102 aircraft in its fleet, consisting of 38 Boeing and 62 Airbus aircraft.

Air India’s MRO unit will offer A checks (scheduled maintenance checks performed every 125 flight hours), B Checks (detailed check of aircraft’s components and systems performed every 4-6 months) and C Checks (extensive check of individual systems and components for serviceability and function conducted every 20-24 months) for aircraft.

At present, most Indian airlines service their aircraft in neighbouring countries like Singapore, Sri Lanka and the UAE as they offer 30-40% cheaper services than those in the Western countries and Asian countries such as China. The national carrier is currently developing similar MRO facilities in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

Another senior official at the airline told FE that the MRO facilities operated by Air India are expected to clock Rs 500-crore revenue a year once all the units get fully operational.

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