Saturday, November 05, 2016

MRO at MIHAN increases Air India’s strength

The Air India’s Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility at Mihan can now cater to Airbus A319, A320 and A321 series of aircraft for maintenance following a recent approval from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). “This is a great achievement for Air India which has got the approval for the maintenance of Airbus aircraft,” said Ashwani Lohani, Chairman and Managing Director of Air India while talking to mediapersons on Thursday.
Lohani said, the Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility at Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) has an apron area of 60 acres. The hangar bay is ready and engine unit or testing cell is under construction and will be ready by January 2017. With the engine unit GenX and GE90 engines could be serviced. Air India also has an expansion plan to erect a workshop at the MRO facility. The workshop could be used as branded workshop for GE engines by 2018. “Till date 10 Boeing 777 aircraft have been checked and the 11th aircraft has arrived for maintenance at the MRO facility. By next year, 14 A320 aircraft can be serviced,” he added.
Air India has a fleet of 107 aircraft which are being serviced at its MROs in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkatta. The MRO at MIHAN has additional capacity and Air India will be using this additional capacity to service aircraft of private sector as well. The business of maintenance and overhaul which was going to other countries could be diverted to the MRO at MIHAN. In the MRO business, air frame comprises of 40 per cent and engine maintenance 60 per cent of revenue.
04/11/16 The Hitavada

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