Boeing aims to open Nagpur MRO facility in December

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The construction of Boeing's long-delayed maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in the central Indian city of Nagpur is due to be completed by November.

Operations at the site, which is being build adjacent to the city's Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International airport are due to begin on 12 December, says an official from the Maharasthra Airport Development Company (MADC), which owns the land.

The MRO facility was mooted as part of Air India's 2006 order for 68 Boeing aircraft. Construction of the $100 million site, which will be able to handle both widebody and narrowbody aircraft, only began in January 2011 after several delays.

MADC is also building a taxiway that will connect the runway and the MRO facility, which will be operated by Air India's engineering division once it is completed.

Air India plans to service its aircraft and also offer third-party MRO work at the facility.