South Korea’s Jeju Air to construct hangar at Seoul Incheon

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South Korean low-cost carrier Jeju Air will be building a new hangar at Seoul’s Incheon International airport.

The carrier will put in won (W) 35 billion ($31.4 million) to purchase land for the hangar. Construction will start in January 2014 and is expected to be completed in late 2015, says an airline spokeswoman.

The 28,200m² (303,552ft²) hangar will be able to accommodate two Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft simultaneously. Upon completion, the airline will move its heavy maintenance in-house and is expected to be able to conduct maintenance work for other carriers.

Jeju Air decided to build the hangar as the country’s major carriers refused to lend their hangars to the airline for its maintenance, the spokeswoman adds.

Data from Flightglobal Pro shows that Asiana Airlines and Korean Air conduct composite maintenance, and A, C and D-level checks on major narrowbody and widebody aircraft such as Airbus A320 family aircraft, A330s, and on Boeing 737s, 747s and 777s.