Air India fails to find private partner for MRO

MUMBAI: About six months after inviting expression of interest (EoI) from private players for operating and managing the airframe branch of its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at Mihan in Nagpur, national carrier Air India has now decided to operate it on its own.

The company now thinks that it can do the job better than the private players, reports DNA.

“We will be running it on our own and can do it better than any private player as we have decades of experience,” said a senior executive at Air India Engineering Services Ltd, a subsidiary of national carrier Air India during an interaction with dna.

The company had in February issued a public advertisement stating, “Expression of interest from interested parties having technical/ financial capabilities for operating and managing Air India’s Air Frame MRO which is already set up in Nagpur and functional on a revenue-sharing basis or any other viable business proposal.”

The MRO was set up by aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing at a cost of over Rs 600 crore as part of its memorandum of understanding with Air India in bargain for purchasing of over 100 aircraft in 2006. However, the MRO project at the special economic zone of Mihan in Nagpur got delayed for several reasons including land acquisition. Boeing has already handed over to the MRO project to AIESL but refused to be a partner in its operations, even though there was a specific request made in this regard by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.


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