Deccan, now renamed Deccan, and Kingfisher Airlines, whose
owner, the UB Group also owns a 26-per cent stake in Deccan,
have decided to set up a joint maintenance, repair and overhaul
(MRO) facility with a foreign partner. This is intended
to take care of the two airlines'' own requirements as well
as to perform for third party maintenance for other airlines.
Aviation executive chairman Capt G R Gopinath announced
this during the airline''s re-branding function in Mumbai
on Sunday 28 October. "We want Lufthansa and British
Airways to send their aircraft to our MRO, so that India
can emerge as the aviation capital of the world,"
said an ebullient Gopinath.
MRO is expected to come up at Bangalore by next year.
Investment levels are yet to be finalised, but it will
have hangers at a number of destinations. Discussions
to secure an overseas partner are at an advanced stage.
The MRO will be a separate company and all the maintenance
assets of Deccan and Kingfisher will be spun up into the
new entity, said Deccan''s deputy COO (technical) Nick
has hangers at Chennai and Kolkota airports, while Kingfisher''s
maintenance facility is located at Bangalore. There is
also space available at the new greenfield airport coming
up at Bangalore. The proposed MRO will have assets at
the all these locations.
Airlines has a MoU with the Abu Dhabi-based Gulf Aircraft
Maintenance (Gamco) to set up a MRO, and the company may
be roped in for this new venture. But several others are
in the race too.
Deccan-Kingfisher combined fleet strength is 75 aircraft,
with 100 more on order. Both airlines want to make Bangalore
their hub, making it an ideal location for the proposed