Airbus, Thai Airways to set up aircraft maintenance hub in Thailand

From Reuters - December 15, 2017

BANGKOK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - National carrier Thai Airways International and Airbus plan to jointly open an aircraft maintenance and repair operations (MRO) hub in Thailand, a Thai Airways official said on Friday.

The hub will cost about 11 billion baht ($338 million), of which about 7 billion baht will come from the Thai navys budget, while a Thai Airways-Airbus joint venture will invest the rest, Thai Airways Management and Flying Officer Ronnachai Wongchaoum told reporters in Bangkok.

The aviation maintenance hub will be set up at Thailands U-Tapao Airport, a joint civil-military airport near the countrys eastern seaboard.

The proposed project will add to the growing aviation maintenance sector spread across Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, potentially posing a threat to Singapore, the regions dominant hub for aircraft maintenance and repair.

Thai Airways will start maintaining the Airbus A380 with the support of Airbus teams in U-Tapao, which is located 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of Bangkok, the airline said in a statement on Friday.


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