GHIAL inaugurates MRO facility at Hyderabad airport

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GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) has inaugurated a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at the special economic zone within the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad.

The company MAS GMR Aero Technic (MGAT), a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of MAS GMR Aerospace Engineering (MGAE), is a 50:50 joint venture between Malaysian Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and GHIAL.

MGAT will perform the engineering and maintenance service operations on narrowbody aircraft including Boeing 737NGs, ATR42/72s, and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft types and on widebody aircraft like the 777 and A330 in this MRO facility.

The facility includes one widebody hangar that can also accommodate two narrowbody aircraft, a narrowbody hangar with two bays, and one narrowbody cum paint hangar.

The hangars are backed-up with the necessary workshops to handle aircraft maintenance, painting, avionics upgrades, interior refurbishment, structural repairs, component replacements as well as other services.

The facility will provide an alternative for empty aircraft flying as far Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates for painting work, GMR group chairman Sri GM Rao says.

Airline operators in the region would be able to reduce up to 30% on the fleet repair and maintenance costs, he says.

Chief executive of MAE, Azhari Mohd Dahlan says: "As part of the joint venture, MAE contributed to the design of the facilities, while ensuring appropriate global civil aviation certifications such as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approvals were obtained in time for the facility to start operation."