SriLankan Airlines opens new A320 hangar

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SriLankan Airlines has opened a new hangar at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International airport.

The 30,000ft² (2,790m²) hangar will be dedicated to performing C-checks on Airbus A320 aircraft, and is expected to help ease congestion at the airline’s main hangar, says SriLankan. It adds that the additional hangar will also allow it to take on more third party work, which it could not do previously because of space constraints.

The carrier also intends to equip the hangar, which was opened on 27 September, with the capability to perform paint work on narrowbody aircraft.

Flightglobal Pro data shows that the MRO arm of SriLankan Airlines is capable of performing A- and C-checks, overhaul, composites maintenance and repainting work on Airbus A320 family, A330 and A340 aircraft.

The carrier will also establish an MRO facility in partnership with Lufthansa Technik at the country’s second international airport, the Mattala Rajapaksa International airport. Operations at the facility is expected to begin by July 2014.