SINGAPORE—GMF AeroAsia has opened a 16-line narrowbody aircraft hangar at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the facility also includes a dedicated paint bay.
According to President and CEO Richard Budihadianto, the hangar is operating at 80% capacity, or 12 lines, its target for Garuda and third-party airline customers as it ramps up. Speaking at Aviation Week’s MRO Asia-Pacific Conference this week, he said he expects to operate it at full capacity in 2017.
Hangar four, at 6,500 square meters, is one of the biggest hangars in the world.
Budihadianto expects the MRO’s maintenance business to “double revenue in the next five years.” In 2014, GMF generated $264 million in MRO revenue, a 14.7% increase over 2013. That came from three hangars that can accommodate five lines of widebody work, plus a hangar for minor maintenance.
Also speaking at the show, Raj Ramanujam, Fokker Technologies’ country director for India, said that Papua New Guinea’s Air Niugini plans to swap some Bombardier Q400s for Fokker 70s being retired by KLM. He cites the Fokker 70’s lower capital costs as the reason for the switch—adding older workhorse aircraft can help airlines develop new markets and routes cost effectively.