MEDELLIN — With a traditional ribbon cutting by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Avianca Holdings CEO Hernan Rincon and the Vice-president of maintenance & engineering Miguel Montoya, Avianca officially inaugurated their new Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Jose Maria Cordoba International Airport, located 30 miles east of Medellin.
After eight years of planning, under the support of Lufthansa Technik, partner company for the development of the premises, 13 months of construction and a $50 million investment, the first phase of the MRO has a total area of 44,200 sqm, including an 8,400 sqm hangar capable of handling up to 5 narrow body or 2 wide body airliners.
The complex also includes storage warehouses, a seats and thermoplastic composites shops, as well as shops for emergency equipment and rafts and a mechanized center, together with three classrooms.
Avianca expects to build two additional hangars in a second a third phase, with a further $50 million investment, enabling the premises to handle up to 10 narrow bodies or six wide bodies, thus fulfilling in a 100% the maintenance requirements of Avianca’s fleet, further offering MRO solutions to third parties, including the commercialization of spares such as cup holders and tray tables.
“Today we are making the first steep in making Colombia a world class aeronautical center” said Hernan Rincon, CEO – Avianca Holdings.