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HAL and TIMCO to set up airframe MRO facilities in Bangalore, India Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Bangalore: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and TIMCO Aviation Services (TIMCO), an independent aircraft maintenance provider based in North America, will set up state-of-the-art airframe MRO facilities at HAL's Bangalore airport and manufacturing complex. HAL and TIMCO had entered into a new joint venture agreement in April this year, focused on developing comprehensive airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to commercial air transport operators in India and the neighboring region.

The MRO will provide scheduled C-checks and heavy maintenance services for operators of narrow body Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft.

Both HAL and TIMCO have fully ratified their JV relationship and are assessing ground breaking schedule alternatives with a focus on the shifting growth outlook for the Indian and regional fleets.

"We continue to assess the appropriate ground breaking date based on the volume of aircraft base maintenance requirements the 737 and A320 fleet families operating in India will generate. This is a crucial factor in assuring the venture’s success and viability," said R. Gene House, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, TIMCO Aviation Services.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), with 19 production units and 10 research and design centers in 7 locations across India, manufactures 12 types of aircraft developed in-house, and has produced another 14 under license. Its extensive MRO capabilities support a wide range of military and civil fleet types, and cover everything from engine overhauls to state-of-the-art composite repairs. HAL has manufactured over 3,550 aircraft and 3,600 engines, and it has overhauled over 8,150 aircraft and 27,300 engines.

TIMCO provides fully integrated MRO services for commercial and government aircraft operators at its corporate complex in Greensboro, North Carolina as well as at facilities in Macon, Georgia and Lake City, Florida. Through its TIMCO Aerosystems division, the company provides fully integrated aircraft interior design, manufacturing and certification services. TIMCO's Brice Seating company designs, engineers and produces a full line of aircraft seating and PMA parts. Customers are also supported by an engine MRO center and a line maintenance operation at airports throughout the United States.

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