Turkish maintenance company MyTechnic is looking to set up a line maintenance facility at Istanbul’s recently opened airport, with the end of 2020 as a potential date for the commencement of operations.
Haluk Hadi Acar, MyTechnic’s director of commercial, says the company has acquired the plot of land from Istanbul’s airport authority, which he estimates will be around 300-400 sq. meters. “This will be more than enough to facilitate our needs for line maintenance services,” he told Aviation Week via email.
The company is currently based at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport located in the east of the city, where it offers line and base maintenance services for Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
In addition to aircraft services, MyTechnic also has engine repair offerings focusing on GE CF6 and Pratt & Whitney JT8D-200 engines. It also carries out parts repairs, engineering services, non-destructive testing, calibration and technician training.
Istanbul’s newest airport, which cost around $12 billion to build, officially opened in April and is expected to become the largest airport in the world by passenger numbers with capacity to cater for 200 million passengers annually once its four runways and six terminals are fully operational by 2028.
A largescale MRO presence is expected at the site, with line and base maintenance services expected to be established at the airport linking east and west. Turkish Technic, the country’s largest MRO provider, has already moved some of its operations across from the city’s Atatürk Airport, where it operated five widebody and seven narrowbody hangars.
However, Acar doesn’t foresee an exodus of other companies following suit at Atatürk for the foreseeable future. While commercial flights ceased at the airport five months ago, activity will remain at the site. “Atatürk Airport is still functional for ferry flights and maintenance related flights and MRO centers are also functioning,” he says.
Turkey's MRO industry is forecast to see a healthy annual growth rate of 4.2% annually from this year through to 2028, according to Aviation Week's 2019 Fleet and MRO Forecast. In 10 years, the overall aftermarket value of Turkey is predicted to stand at $19.4 billion.