New Delhi: Leading aviation engineering firm Air Works on Wednesday said it could now on maintain, repair and overhaul (MRO) Boeing 737 series of planes in India, along with that of turbo-prop aircraft which it is already doing.
“We have received the approval from the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) for carrying out maintenance of Boeing 737 New Generation series aircraft fitted with CFM-56-7 series engines at our existing facility,” said Air Works CEO Fredrik Groth .
The company, which has its MRO facility in Hosur in Karnataka, plans to invest up to $40 million to set up additional hangars, paint operation facilities and future engine and component activities, the CEO said.
Over 70 Boeing 737 aircraft currently operate with major airliners including Air India, Air India Express, Jet Airways and SpiceJet, he said, adding efforts were on to woo customers from the neighbouring region which, along with Indian Boeing operators, spend huge amounts to send the planes for routine checks abroad.
“We look forward to working with Boeing 737 operators in neighbouring countries also. Our services will be cost effective and will eliminate the need for costly overseas aircraft ferrying,” Groth added. Indian airlines spend over $600 million on getting their aircraft serviced abroad.