GMR Aero Technic (GAT), the MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) division of GMR Air Cargo and Aerospace Engineering Ltd (GACAEL), has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Boeing Global Services (BGS) contract to convert 737-800 passenger aircraft into a 737-800BCF configuration.
GMR Aero Technic is the first Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) partner located in India. The partnership will support conversion of both domestic and foreign aircraft. The financial aspects of the contract have not been disclosed.
GAT bagged the contract through a global competitive RFP (request for proposal) bid, which Boeing had announced to identify MROs for their B737BCF programme. GAT was selected for the programme following detailed due diligence conducted by Boeing.
India will be the fourth location after China, the UK and Costa Rica, where freighter conversion work will be performed for the B737 BCF programme.
The programme will initially cover 30-plus aircraft BCF conversions, occupying multiple lines successively for approximately five years beginning 2023.
“MRO services in India have been one of the fastest-growing markets globally. The partnership with Boeing reaffirms our capability to provide world-class MRO services and contribute to the ‘Make in India’ initiative,’‘ Ashok Gopinath, CEO, GMR Aero Technic said in a release on Friday.
“Our cooperation with GMR Aero Technic is not only testimony to the maturity of Indian MROs in supporting the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, but also supports the anticipated growth of the cargo sector in the region,” Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India said,
Hyderabada-based GMR Aero Technic has completed over 580 major checks till date and other ad-hoc maintenance work. GAT remains focused on increasing its international footprint.
GAT is coming up with a DGCA and EASA approved Aircraft Maintenance Engineering School, which will provide ab-initio courses in aircraft maintenance to Indian & international students. This centre of excellence will be affiliated with reputed International training organisations. The school is expected to be operational by May 2023.
New Delhi, March 10 Aircraft maker Boeing and GMR Aero Technic have entered into an agreement to set up a new Boeing converted freighter line in Hyderabad.
GMR Aero Technic is the first Boeing supplier in India that will have the capability to support future conversions of both domestic and foreign aircraft, a release said on Friday.
At an event here, Boeing India President Salil Gupte, said the time has come for the cargo market.
"Our cooperation with GMR Aero Technic is not only a testimony of the maturation of Indian MROs in the country to support the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, but also supports the anticipated growth of the cargo sector in the region," he said in the release.
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