Air India-Boeing JV project design soon

Air India-Boeing JV project design soon

Mumbai: US aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, which is setting up a multi-million maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in a joint venture with Air India at the upcoming Special Economic Zone near Nagpur, is likely to submit the project design to the authorities soon, a top official said.

The company has already appointed an architect to prepare the design, the official said.

“The architect has been appointed...they have taken the measurement...they will submit the (project) design very soon," Maharashtra Airport Development Company’s vice-chairman and managing director, RC Sinha, said.

Once the design is finalised, it will be submitted to MADC for approval, Sinha said.

“Construction work is expected to start within this calender year," he said.

The $100-million MRO, to be spread over an area of 50-acres, is a part of the industrial offset agreement between the national air-carrier and Boeing Company following the signing of a massive order for purchase of 68 Boeing aircraft including 27 Dreamliners 787 at $11-billion in January 2006.

The state-of-the-art facility would be used for major maintenance of the Boeing-777 and 787 fleet of the National Aviation Company of India (NACIL) which is the holding company of Air India. The Boeing Company on its part would facilitate in constructing and equipping the facility.

The Air India-Boeing joint venture project also plans to render maintenance, repair and overhaul services to third parties.