Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Air India unit to overhaul first foreign plane in 8 years

The Air India Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) depot at Mihan-SEZ is expected to get its first ever foreign flight since nearly a decade after it began operations in the Mihan-SEZ.

The MRO became operational in 2015.

Originally to be run by US aircraft maker Boeing, it was among the first major investments in the SEZ at Nagpur. The MRO was part of the offset deal arising out of 111 aircraft purchased for Air India and the then Indian Airlines. At that time Praful Patel was the civil aviation minister.

Now, a Boeing 777 from Kuwait is expected to land at the MRO for a C check in the next 4 to 5 days.

This is an advanced level maintenance job. For the first time the MRO would be catering to a foreign player directly, though exports of goods or services is the basic mandate of a unit in the SEZ.

In turn, the units in a SEZ get tax relief. The SEZ also has another MRO of AAR Indamer Technics Private Limited which mainly caters to Indigo Airlines.

13/09/2023 ET Hospitality World

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