With an eye on opening up new avenues for revenue and enhancing employee productivity, Air India has entered into a pact with GE Aviation to set up an engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Mumbai.
Air India’s engineering shop at the Mumbai airport would be upgraded with fresh investment and technology from GE.
The parties have signed a GE Branded Services Agreement (GBSA) under which GE Aviation would provide technical and financial support to Air India, which would offer MRO services for the GEnx-1B engine in India. This would be the second such facility in the world to service GEnx- IB engines that power Boeing 787s.
This $90 million (Rs 414 crore) facility will engage 150 engineers. Air India would own the project while GE would provide support.
“Our commitment was to make Air India self sufficient in engine maintenance. We will also market this facility as we have already sold 1300 engines globally,” said Nalin Jain, country head, GE Aviation, South Asia,