Uzbekistan Airways is to set up a local facility to repair composite aerostructures for Boeing widebodies.
Speaking at a business forum in Washington DC, Boeing director of international operations Bryan Lopp said the airframer and airline will launch a two-phase joint project in Tashkent by year-end.
The first phase will be dedicated to maintenance of Boeing 757s and 767s. During the second phase, scheduled for 2016, the technical centre will be used to service 787s.
"It should become the only facility in Central Asia with capability to treat and repair composite aerostructures,” says Lopp.
The Uzbek national carrier has six 757-200s and nine 767-300ERs, and expects to receive a pair of new 787s in 2016.