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MRO unit of Cochin airport to become operational by year-end

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The company is scouting for partners for collaboration


Project estimated to cost Rs.80 crore

To be implemented in two phases


Nedumbassery: Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL's) plan to enter the domain of aircraft maintenance is set for a take-off with the operationalisation of its airframe and components MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) unit on the airport campus by this year-end.

A statement issued by CIAL on Friday said the airport company was looking for partners for technical collaboration, long-term business contracts and spares support to operate the MRO, by offering up to 49 per cent equity.

The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs.80 crore, of which about Rs.35 crore has been spent and the rest is to be financed by the partner company or the private investors, it added. In the first phase, CIAL plans to cater to narrow-body aircraft with facilities for line maintenance run-up bay, workshops, aircraft parking and a taxi-way link.

The second phase will include two wide-body hangars, more parking bays and workshops apart from two additional narrow-body hangars. The component MRO will cover the areas of wheels and brakes, electrical and avionics, hydraulics, safety equipment, cabin interiors, engine storage and support, also with scope for further expansion.

With access to world-class infrastructure and logistics support, CIAL envisions the MRO to become a world-class service organisation and hopes to recover the capital investment within three years of its operation.

Talks for joint venture

Official sources said CIAL had already completed talks with a number of Indian and international airline and MRO companies for joint venture and eventually zeroed in on a U.S.-based agency.

CIAL Academy

Built over an area of 1,35,000 sq ft on a property of 32 acres near the CIAL Academy, the project is initiated through the Cochin International Aviation Services Ltd — a wholly owned subsidiary of CIAL.

With the project, it proposes to attract large-scale investments from leading OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and hopes to reach out to cargo operators and business jets, especially from the growing markets of India, West Asia and South-East Asia.

The airport company has already received an approval from the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for the maintenance up to ‘A' type checks of aircraft and in future, it further proposes to expand the operations to B, C and D checks for executive jets, narrow-body passenger aircraft and cargo aircraft.

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