GMF mulls construction of new hangar in Medan

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Indonesian MRO company GMF AeroAsia has plans to build a new hangar, its fifth, at Medan's up and coming Kuala Namu International Airport.

The MRO recently started construction of a fourth hangar, a 64,000m² (689,000ft²) facility, at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. This hangar, expected to cost $50 million, will be able to accommodate 16 narrowbody aircraft simultaneously and also house office space and workshops.

When completed in 17 months, GMF will also convert its third hangar - a 23,000m² facility equipped with docking platforms for the heavy maintenance of narrowbody aircraft - into one that will be able to conduct heavy maintenance and overhaul for three widebody aircraft, says its president and chief executive Richard Budihadianto in an interview with Flightglobal Pro in Jakarta.

Once completed, the Garuda Indonesia maintenance arm will have the capacity to perform heavy maintenance on seven widebody and 16 narrowbody aircraft simultaneously, and also, have a separate hangar for light maintenance on all aircraft types.

"Plans for hangar five are still on hold. It depends on whether the narrowbody or widebody sector grows fastest. But latest by 2014, we will have to decide whether we need a hangar five," says Budihadianto.

He adds that land has been secured at Soekarno-Hatta airport for the additional hangar, but that the company is also considering to build it at the new airport in Medan to better cater to the needs of its customers.

"For customers coming from outside Indonesia, it is better for them to do maintenance work in Medan than Jakarta," he says, adding that GMF has proposed to the airport authority its plans to build a hangar there.

Its parent, flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, has also said that it plans to set up a new base in Medan once construction of the airport is completed in the middle of the year. Under Garuda's "quantum leap" programme, the carrier plans to grow its fleet to 194 aircraft by 2015.

GMF is also working towards securing more third party work to lower its reliance on Garuda. The aim is to have 60% of its work from Garuda and 40% from other clients by 2015, says Budihadianto, adding that 70% of its work now comes from Garuda.