Last time, we looked at how the New International Terminal at TIA is shaping up. It is shaping up well and at double quick speed. Besides the swanky new building, TIA is all set to receive a massive Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility of Air India, the national carrier. Air India is working with Boeing to create a comprehensive facility for aircraft maintenance which along with a similar facility in Nagpur are part of the massive aircraft acquisition deal between Air Indian and Boeing.
Perspective of the under-construction Air India Hangar complex
The site is bristling with piling rigs as work progresses round the clock.
The Rs 70 Crore facility, the first of its kind in South India, will service Boeing 737 series aircraft to start with. Air India Express operates there aircraft, and the airline will make Trivandrum its operating base. Going forward, the Boeing managed facility will service similar aircraft from the other Indian airlines as well as from airlines in the entire region. Currently, Singapore provides the main regional hub for such work. The development of this facility, due to be commissioned in early-2009, will help make Trivandrum an international airline hub.
(I will be adding more to this post, stay tuned!)