LCCs in talks to set up facilities for aircraft upkeep

Low-cost carriers (LCCs), including Air Deccan, Kingfisher and GoAir are in the process of forming joint ventures with foreign firms to set up maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in India. Currently, these carriers have to either fly their aircraft to places like Abu Dhabi, Singapore or Belgium for secondary services. With many of them planning fleet expansion, the need to reduce operating costs has become imperative.

Air Deccan officials confirmed that they have been in talks with global firms like Germany’s Lufthansa Technik and Singapore-based SIA Engineering, for the past one year for an MRO. “We are in the advanced stages of finalising the venture,” Mohan Kumar, director (finance) Air Deccan, said.

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