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Construction of Boeing MRO facility at Nagpur airport to be over by 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Vivek, Arjun   
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Nagpur: Construction work on Boeing's maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Nagpur is slated to be over by 2012. L&T began the construction work  in January, on the already delayed project.

The $100 million project will have two hangars (each measuring 100x100 metres), with features like solar power facility, natural lighting system and rain water harvesting system, capable of accommodating aircrafts like the Boeing-777, 747-800. It will have a capacity to service nearly five aircraft every month.

Approvals will be given by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation after the construction work is completed. "This will be Boeing's second MRO in the world after Shanghai in China," said Dinesh Keskar, the president of Boeing's India operations.

Air India had ordered 68 aircraft from Boeing in 2006 -50 were for its own fleet and 18 for Air India Express. Of this 38 have been delivered. Now 27 Dreamliners (787) and three 777 aircraft remain to be sent to India. Globally, Boeing already has 850 orders for the Dreamliners. The company hopes to deliver the first of the 27 Dreamliners by the fourth quarter of 2011.

The MRO is a part of the 68 aircraft deal between the Air India and Boeing, where Air India had put up a condition that Boeing will have to set up a facility to maintain the aircraft it purchases. At a later stage the MRO will also cater to other carriers.

The deal has also placed a $1.7 billion offset obligation on Boeing. In order to execute the offsets, Boeing has already contracted TAL to manufacture floor beams for the 787 Dreamliners.

TAL has set up a 121,408 square meter plant in Nagpur to manufacture aerospace components, primarily for Boeing. TAL had initially developed the product using Titanium. However, Boeing later decided to use several new materials, including floor beams made of composites. The beams are used for flooring between the passenger and luggage segments of the aircraft.

The delay in deliveries of 27 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts is said to have caused both opportunity and operational losses to Air India and Air India is negotiating a a compensation package with Boeing. The delays were a  result of technical problems, due to which the aircraft had to undergo another series of tests before it was certified to fly.

Deliveries were originally scheduled to have begun in the October-December quarter of 2010.

Dinesh Keskar was accompanied by Air India Board Member KM Unni at the press conference.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 May 2011 )
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