Thiruvananthapuram

Major plan for airplane repair facility

An aircraft maintenance technician inside a Boeing 737 Airindia Expres aircraft which is stripped of its interriors for its checkup at the Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility of the Air India Engineering Services LTD near Thiruvananthapuram International Airport on Thursday.

An aircraft maintenance technician inside a Boeing 737 Airindia Expres aircraft which is stripped of its interriors for its checkup at the Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility of the Air India Engineering Services LTD near Thiruvananthapuram International Airport on Thursday.  

₹125-crore project near international airport to tap into growing aviation market

The maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility of Air India Engineering Services Ltd. (AIESL), a fully owned subsidiary of national carrier Air India, in the vicinity of the Thiruvananthapuram international airport, is gearing up for a ₹125-crore expansion to grab the increasing MRO business.

The MRO operation will go ‘fully independent’ with the setting up of a third hangar. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in two years.

“The aim is to provide major maintenance facility to private airlines from India and abroad. With the commissioning of the third hangar the highly skilled workforce will go up from the present 256 by another 150,” according to Chief Maintenance Manager, MRO, Prashant Gosavi.

The additional hangar of the MRO will be exclusively for painting the aircraft. The city has become the third in the country after Hyderabad and Mumbai where the external painting of the aircraft can be done.

Under the expansion project, a new office and maintenance complex, bigger oil and depot store, and scrapyard facility will be taken up. There will be new shops for avionics repair and testing, aircraft seat refurbishment, composite parts repair, heat exchanger and cleaning facility, tailoring and cabin repair sections.

The MRO, the sixth under the AIESL in the country, has the approval of the DGCA and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to carry out all checks, including the crucial ‘C’ checks of Boeing 737-800. The MRO takes care of the line maintenance of 22 airports in the country and 14 abroad.

The effort is to capture the southeast Asia MRO market, especially Sri Lanka and Male. “We have been catering to the Air India Express fleet of 25 aircraft. Spice Jet has already signed an agreement. Bids have been submitted to Fly Dubai and Oman Air to get the aircraft checked at the MRO. Talks are on with Vistara, Silk Air and Qatar Airways,” Mr. Gosavi added.

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