New Batam MRO Facility for Lion Air
Batam Aero Technic has opened the first of four hangars at its new facility at Hang Nadim International Airport in Indonesia.
March 6, 2014
Batam Aero Technic has opened the first of four hangars at its new facility at Hang Nadim International Airport in Indonesia. The first heavy maintenance check will be a C check on a B737, with the first D check to follow next year. The second hangar is due to be completed shortly and the other two by the end of June.
Each hangar can handle three large narrowbodies simultaneously. Batam Aero Technic will initially focus on B737 maintenance, but plans to expand to include other types, such as A320s. It also plans to do heavy checks on widebodies. Each hangar can accommodate aircraft as large as the A380. Batam Aero Technic already has 100 maintenance engineers and technicians and aims to eventually have 2,000 employees once the four hangars are fully operational. Workshops for engines, landing gears, APUs and components are up and running.
Aiming for EASA certification, the whole facility is an investment of $250 million and will work on aircraft from Lion Group and Lion Group’s overseas affiliates, as well as working on aircraft from third-party customers. The company is also planning more hangars in the future, with the eventual aim of having 36 bays in total.