KLM considering MRO facility in India

Hyderabad: Netherlands-based, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, now joins a growing list of companies mulling setting up a maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in India.

"We have a full fledged MRO facility in Amsterdam. We are looking at options to set up an MRO facility if the number of aircraft in India reaches the critical mass. But we have not made any specific plans so far," said Warner Rootliep, General Manager, KLM Air France-Northwest Airlines.

Rootliep was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a press conference to announce the launch of two more weekly KLM flights from Hyderabad. The weekly flights will be in addition to the four weekly flights from Hyderabad to Amsterdam.

KLM has agreements with other airline companies such as Spicejet, Jet Airways and Jetlite for MRO services and ferries the aircraft to Amsterdam for repair and maintenance.

India is emerging as a global maintenance hub for aircraft, with an increase in the number and size of fleets, rising domestic air travel and a larger number of foreign airlines flying into India.

The companies already mulling plans to set up MRO facilities in the country include the Kingfisher Airlines, GMR Group with Lufthansa Technik AG, Germany and Jupiter Aviation in consortium with European Aeronautic Defence and Space and National Aviation Company of India.