Turkish Airlines has formally inaugurated its new maintenance centre, HABOM, at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport.
Subsidiary Turkish Technic has invested around $550 million in the overhaul and repair centre.
Turkish Technic is aiming to become one of the world’s top five maintenance providers following completion of the facility, says the carrier.
Once fully operational it will have 7,000 personnel and generate annual revenues of $1.5 billion.
HABOM has the capacity to work on 11 single-aisle aircraft simultaneously as well as three long-haul airframes.
Part of the hangar for long-haul aircraft has been designed to include a paint shop. There will be stations for servicing auxiliary power units, landing-gear assemblies and other components.
Putting HABOM into operation, says Turkish Airlines, will “raise the bar” in the maintenance sector. The facility will increase Turkish Technic’s single-aisle MRO capacity by 57% and that for long-haul aircraft by 43%.