Top aircraft makers are planning a Gujarat landing. Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s top defense and space aircraft maker, Boeing and Airbus are exploring opportunities to set up aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) units. “One of them is most likely to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a proposed investment of Rs 4,000 crore next month,” said a senior bureaucrat.
The Gujarat government plans to offer land and other facilities for MRO units near the proposed Dholera International Airport, 100km from the Ahmedabad International Airport, in the Dholera Special Investment Region. Top executives of these companies have also confirmed their participation in the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat event in mid-January.
Considering the huge potential in the MRO sector, we will earmark a special MRO zone in Dholera. This will help generate employment and give a fillip to ancillary industries,” the official said. The state’s industrial policy of 2009 already accords top priority to MRO units.
MRO hub: Gujarat is planning a special zone in Dholera
Besides Dholera, Gujarat is also planning an MRO facility at Ankleshwar along with a private airport to mainly handle cargo. “Airports managed by AAI have MRO facility but this will be the first private airport to have such a facility,” said Captain Ajay Chauhan, director, Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Ltd (GUJSAIL).
The MRO facility at Ahmedabad airport is also managed by GUJSAIL which recently handled the maintenance of the jet used by the prime minister to fly within the country.
Reference By: timesofindia.indiatimes/Dec 19, 2014