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Thailand’s U-Tapao Airport Could See New MRO Facility; THAI And Airbus To Study Potential

Thailand’s U-Tapao Airport Could See New MRO Facility; THAI And Airbus To Study Potential

Thai Airways International and aircraft manufacturer Airbus are to jointly look at the possibility of developing a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at U-Tapao International Airport in Thailand, which would serve airlines from across the region.

The Thai national flag carrier recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus to study the development of such an aircraft maintenance centre for the Asia Pacific region. The signing between Thai Airways International or THAI’s acting president Usanee Sangsingkeo and president, Airbus Commercial Aircraft Fabrice Bregier at the THAI Head Office in Bangkok was presided over by deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

U-Tapao International Airport is situated just over two hours from Bangkok by road, 45 minutes from Pattaya and just under an hour from hotels in Rayong.

“THAI has reached initial agreement with Airbus to exchange necessary information and jointly evaluate the potential development of a TG MRO Complex Development at U-Tapao International Airport, which is part of the Eastern Economic Corridor development plan 2017-2021. The new aircraft maintenance centre will serve airlines across the region and worldwide as well as create sustainable revenue for THAI and Thailand”, said a Thai Airways official.

The MRO facility is envisioned upon completion to be one of the most modern facilities for aircraft maintenance in the Asia Pacific region, with the capability of providing light and heavy maintenance for multiple aircraft types. It will utilize the latest technology to assess and conduct aircraft maintenance with high performance evaluation technologies.

Environment-friendly, it will also … Read More