Boeing to begin work on new MRO unit by mid-2010

Maharashtra Airport Development Co has allotted 50 acres of land for the MRO facility and Boeing plans to start construction of the unit in the second quarter of 2010

After being delayed for two years, Boeing will start construction of a $100-million aircraft repair and overhaul facility at Nagpur by the second quarter of this calendar year in collaboration with Air India, its top official said on Monday.

"We deliberately delayed the maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) project as we wanted to time it to match with the delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Air India. It (the facility) will come up by late 2013 or early 2014," Boeing India chief Dinesh Keskar told reporters.

About 50 acres of land has already been allocated for the project by the Maharashtra Airport Development Co and construction will start in the second quarter of this year.

Mr Keskar said that the MRO facility was intended to serve 23 Boeing 777s, 27 Dreamliner 787s and other aircraft types like the 737s ordered by Air India.

Noting that B-787s would not require major checks immediately after their deliveries to Air India start next year, Mr Keskar said that when these aircraft would need to go in for high-level 'C' checks, "the facility would be fully in place".

The Boeing India chief projected that India would require $100 billion worth of planes in the next 20 years, with single-aisle aircraft forming the bulk of the demand worth $60 billion. As the 10th largest military spender in the world, India would require $31 billion worth of defence deliveries in the next 10 years, he said.

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    Shadi Katyal

    1 decade ago

    I am a bit confused as it is not clear whether this fcility is for only Air India and Indian airlines or is this similar to how Hindustan Aircraft started. That was a facility by Boeing to overhaul/repair air crafts during and after 2nd WW.
    Did Air India not signed similar pact with Dubai.
    Air India used to repair and overhaul engines for other international companies but it lost due to unions and being a PSU has no working culture left.

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