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Turkish Airlines' subsidiary, Turkish Technic, has opened a maintenance and repair centre worth US$550mn at the Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
HABOM is a state-of-the-art maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) facility and is meant to increase technical maintenance and repair capacity for Turkish Airlines and third party customers, stated the company.
With the start of operations at this facility, Turkish Technic aims to become one of the top five MRO providers in the world. When fully operational, HABOM will be have the capacity for up to 7,000 personnel and is expected to generate US$1.5bn annually.
The facility has an integrated structure and closed area of 380,000 sq m, with a capacity to provide simultaneous maintenance, repair and overhaul services for 11 narrow body aircraft and three wide body aircraft, said Turkish Airlines officials.
Additionally, several shops that provide MRO services for aircraft components, including accelerated processing units (APUs) and landing gear, will also be built in the annexe. With the HABOM facilities, Turkish Technic’s narrow body aircraft maintenance capacity will increase by 57 per cent, wide body aircraft by 43 per cent, and closed area capacity by 193 per cent, added Turkish Airlines.
The new MRO is also positioned conveniently, with 55 countries within a three-and-a-half hour flying radius. Furthermore, 39 per cent of the world's civilian aircraft can use HABOM’s facilities.
Apart from functioning as an MRO, HABOM can also operate as an aviation complex to provide space for companies that are in the business of airline maintenance, such as Turkish Cabin Interior (TCI) and Turkish Seat Industries (TSI) – both of which are expected to relocate to the HABOM area.