Hyderabad, 13th March, 2012: “MAS GMR AERO TECHNIC LIMITED” (MGAT), a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of “MAS GMR AEROSPACE ENGINEERING CO. LTD.” (MGAE) is a 50:50 Joint Venture partnership between Malaysian Aerospace Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (MAE) and GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL). The Joint Venture was formed to develop an integrated, best in class third party airframe Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility at the Special Economic Zone within Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad.
Today, this facility was inaugurated by Sri Ajit Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Govt. of India in the presence of Sri S. Jaipal Reddy, Hon’ble Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India. The event was graced by the presence of Ministers, Members of Parliament and Members of the State Legislature, besides leading figures from the Aviation industry in India and Malaysia.
MGAE has developed this MRO facility to provide full Aircraft base maintenance service infrastructure in India, and will cater to the maintenance needs of the regional and global Airline customers. MGAT will perform the Engineering & Maintenance service operations on Narrow Body Aircraft like B737 NG, ATR 42/72, and A320 family of aircraft types and on wide body aircraft like B777 & A330, in this MRO facility. The state-of-the-art facility includes 1 Wide body hangar (Accommodates 2 narrow body aircraft alternatively), 1 Narrow body hangar with 2 Bays, and 1 Narrow body cum Paint hangar. At any point of time, MGAT can provide maintenance services to 5 Aircraft simultaneously, with wide and narrow body Aircraft configuration. These hangars are backed-up with the necessary workshops to handle Aircraft maintenance, paintings, avionics upgrades, interior refurbishment, structural repairs, component replacements etc.
MGAT operations are certified by both Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) & European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and will perform Aircraft MRO operations in compliance with these regulatory requirements. MGAT operating out of the Special Economic Zone in an operational airport and strategically located at Hyderabad, Airline customers can look forward to reduced cost of maintenance and improved turnaround times, adding value to their operations.
MGAT has brought in an investment of INR 350 Crores and will contribute to the Nation’s economy by retaining and earning Foreign Exchange. Currently MGAT has created a direct employment for about 350 people, besides providing ample indirect employment opportunities leading to socio-economic development in and around RGIA, Hyderabad.
Speaking on the occasion Sri G.M. Rao, Group Chairman of GMR Group said“Our road map envisages a very comprehensive set of activities – Airframe MRO, Training, Design & Engineering, Technical support services, Component MRO and lastly Engine MRO. With its strategic and location advantages, MAS GMR Aero Technic is poised to be a leader in this region by providing cost effective services, with international standards in quality, and turn-around times benchmarked with the best in the world. This facility will provide an attractive alternative for empty aircraft flying as far as Malaysia, Singapore and UAE for painting job to be done. With this ultramodern MRO facility now in operation, airline operators in this part of the world can reduce up to 30% on their fleet repair and maintenance costs. At the same time, our nation can earn and save precious foreign exchange. Our commitment to building and operating national assets of global standards, exceeding stakeholder expectations, is ingrained in GMR’s values & beliefs. This is a first of this scale, scope and quality in the private sector in South Asia and yet another landmark for the aviation industry which will make India proud.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Mr. Azhari Mohd Dahlan said, “We are proud to be a partner of this JV which showcases the excellent bilateral trade relations between India and Malaysia whilst providing an important avenue for our company to expand its operations internationally. As part of the JV, MAE contributed to the design of the facilities while ensuring appropriate global Civil Aviation Certifications such as the DGCA and EASA approvals were obtained in time for the facility to start operations”.
“MAE trained 72 MGAT engineers in Kuala Lumpur. Support staff of this JV was also provided familiarization exposure in MAE. MAE further assisted MGAT to take off its operations in October 2011 by providing technical support for the MRO service of an Indian registered aircraft. We are confident that this JV will evolve to be one of the world’s most sought after MRO facility," he added.
About GMR Infrastructure Limited:
The Company is a Bangalore headquartered global infrastructure major with interests in Airports, Energy, Highways and Urban Infrastructure sectors. It has successfully employed the public-private partnership model to build a portfolio of high quality assets. The Company has 16 power generation assets of which 5 are operational and 11 are under various stages of implementation and 10 Road assets, of which 6 are operational and 4 are under construction. In the Airports sector, it has developed and commissioned the Greenfield International Airport at Hyderabad. The Company, besides operating the existing Delhi International Airport, has also built a brand new integrated terminal T3 which was commissioned in time for the Commonwealth Games in October 2010. It has also upgraded and is operating the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and has recently acquired the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Male. GMR Group is also committed to social development initiatives and executes these through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation which is present in 22 locations.
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