The much-awaited Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility for Boeing aircraft in Nagpur, is all set to turn functional by the end of this month, union minister for transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari said on Saturday.
The facility was set up at the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of the Multi Modal International Passenger and Cargo Hub in Nagpur (MIHAN) near Nagpur airport. “The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will inaugurate the first-ever state-of-the-art facility by the end of this month and we have requested him for a suitable date,” the minister said.
The Nagpur MRO facility, fully built by Boeing and spread over 50 acres, is the offshoot of an agreement between Air India and Boeing, signed when the national carrier had placed a mega order for 68 Boeing aircrafts with the US company in 2006, when Praful Patel was union minister for civil aviation.
Boeing later withdrew from the agreement, saying the project was unfeasible. However, it financed the setting up of the infrastructure of the facility and handed it over to Air India.