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Turkish Airlines opens new maintenance and repair center

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

The new maintenance and repair center of Turkish Airlines; HABOM enters service on Friday.

Turkish Airlines has steadily grown its network and now has service to more cities than any other carrier. Its fleet has expanded as well, giving Turkish Airlines one of the world’s most modern. And its innovations on the ground and in the air have earned the airline numerous awards.

In line with this forward thinking, Turkish Airlines has now launched its new maintenance and repair center, HABOM, which is an anagram for the Turkish words that describe it. It is, in full description, a state of the art MRO. The opening ceremony was held in the new MRO center, located at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.

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HABOM represents an investment of about USD 550 million by Turkish Airlines’ industry-leading subsidiary; Turkish Technic Inc. It was designed to create a world-class facility at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport to increase the technical maintenance and repair capacity and capability available to both Turkish Airlines and 3rd party customers. With the start of operations at this facility, Turkish Technic aims to become one of the top 5 MRO providers in the world.

HABOM’s location makes it a convenient MRO option for 39% of the world’s civilian aircraft and has 55 countries lying within a 3,5 hour flying radius. HABOM facilities, when fully operational, will have 7.000 personnel and is expected to produce annual revenue of USD 1,5 billion.

The facility has an integrated structure and a closed area of 380,000 m2. It has the capacity to provide simultaneous maintenance, repair and overhaul services for 11 narrow body aircraft in the dedicated narrow body hangar and 3 wide body aircraft in the wide body hangar. A section of the wide body hangar was designed to be partitioned off to provide paint services for either 2 narrow bodies or a single wide body aircraft. In the annex, many shops will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for aircraft components, including APUs and landing gear. The HABOM facility, designed to be a center of excellence in operational terms, has been outfitted with the most modern maintenance equipments using the latest technology. Additionally, it is structured to be part of a modern aviation campus that also includes social facilities for the employees.

With the HABOM facilities, Turkish Technic’s narrow body aircraft maintenance capacity will increase by 57%, wide body aircraft maintenance capacity by 43%, and closed area capacity by 193%.

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