Lion Group opens first hangar in Batam

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Lion Group has officially opened the first of four hangars at its new MR0 facility at Batam's Hang Nadim International Airport.

"We will start doing airframe heavy maintenance from this hangar in February," says Batam Aero Technic president director Romdani Adali Adang. He was together with Lion's president director Rusdi Kirana at the hangar's opening ceremony in Batam.

Construction of the facility's three remaining hangars is due to be complete by end June.

Next month, Batam Aero Technic will perform its first C-check on a Boeing 737.

Next year the facility will see its first D- check.

Each of the four hangars will have three bays, allowing it to accommodate three narrowbody aircraft concurrently. Each hangar can also accomodate an A380.

Batam Aero Technic will initially focus on Boeing 737 maintenance, but plans to include other types such as the Airbus A320 into its repertoire subsequently. It also plans to do heavy checks on widebody aircraft.

Romdani says the MRO facility also aims to be EASA certified, so that besides working on aircraft from Lion Group and its overseas affiliates, it can also do third party work on foreign aircraft.

He adds the facility has plans to build more hangars, and expand its capacity from 12 to 36 bays in the future.

Lion has invested $250 million to build the MRO facility in Batam. Besides the four hangars, the 25ha site will also house two other buildings which will include component repair and overhaul shops as well as an engine MRO centre complete with a test cell.

When fully operational, Batam Aero Technic will have 2000 employees.