Air New Zealand's MRO division to focus on narrowbodies

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Air New Zealand's (ANZ) maintenance, repair and overhaul division will stop offering heavy maintenance work on turboprop aircraft at its Christchurch base from November.

ANZ Technical Operations will concentrate on Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 maintenance work instead, says the airline.

"Our Christchurch base is recognised as the leading narrowbody jet maintenance centre in Australasia, however we are currently capacity constrained and have recently been turning down third party jet maintenance work," says ANZ Technical Operations general manager commercial, Trevor Hughes.

As a result of the change, ANZ subsidiary Mount Cook Airlines, will use fellow subsidiary Air Nelson to maintain its fleet of 11 ATR72 turboprops in Nelson.

"The decision is expected to create up to 30 additional engineering roles at Air Nelson, as well as eight additional jobs in Christchurch as new contracts are secured," says ANZ.

Hughes says the change will allow ANZ to grow its Christchurch base and secure work from tcarriers operating 737s and A320s across Australasia and the Pacific.