Turkish Airlines forges closer links with MNG Technic

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Turkish Airlines plans to gain additional maintenance capacity to cope with its projected fleet growth through co-operation with Istanbul-based maintenance provider MNG Technic.

The flag carrier says it will start negotiations with MNG Technic about a partnership or potentially taking a shareholding in the MRO provider, according to a stock exchange statement.

Although the Star Alliance member has its maintenance subsidiary, Turkish Technic, it says it requires additional capacity "to ensure the increasing need for MRO services which will rise from the fleet [growth] plan for the upcoming years".

A "goodwill agreement" has been signed between the two partners, it says.

MNG Technic is part of Turkey's MNG Group, which includes construction companies and a cargo airline. The MRO business moved into a 25,000m² (269,000ft²) hangar at Istanbul's Atatürk International airport - Turkish Airlines' home base - in late 2011.

Turkish Technic is building a massive new MRO campus named "HABOM" at Istanbul's second airport, Sabiha Gökçen International, together with various partners, including Pratt & Whitney and Goodrich.

Both Turkish Airlines and MNG Technic declined to comment.