Taikoo (Xiamen) Landing Gear Services Co (TALSCO) will resume operations in December, more than a year after a fire shut down its facility at Gaoqi International airport in Xiamen.
TALSCO's US Federal Aviation Administration approvals have been reinstated for the full series of Boeing 777s, 767s, 757s, 747s, 737s and Airbus A320s, says Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co (HAECO), which holds a 50% stake in the landing gear company.
It adds that additional audits will be carried out by other relevant aviation authorities in the coming weeks, and TALSCO will reinstate its capabilities under other national authorities in due course.
During the shutdown period, TALSCO started work on a new plating shop which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. The company also made improvements to its equipment, and added more spares and skilled workers.
“The company is now well positioned to offer more rotable asset options to large fleet operators requiring multiple landing gear overhaul events within short turnaround time,” says HAECO.
The fire, which broke out in November 2012, was caused by an electrical failure in a temperature control cabinet. This led to structural damage to the production buildings that required restoration. In March, HAECO said that the fire cost TALSCO around HK$4 million ($516,000) in losses.
TALSCO, opened in 2008, is a joint venture between HAECO, Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines and four other partners.