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Korean Air Launches Construction of Asia’s Largest Aircraft Engine MRO Hub

The $439 million facility near Incheon International Airport set to boost Korea's aviation maintenance sector, enhancing service capacity and operational efficiency
South Korea
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Korean Air Lines Co., South Korea’s leading full-service airline, has initiated the construction of a state-of-the-art $439 million aircraft engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) cluster near Incheon International Airport. Projected to be the largest of its kind in Asia, the facility is expected to be operational by 2027, marking a significant milestone in the region’s aviation industry.

The groundbreaking ceremony, led by Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Won-tae, signified the commencement of the ambitious project on Yeongjongdo Island. This development is poised to transform Korea into a pivotal MRO hub, enhancing its competitiveness in the global aviation maintenance sector. Chairman Cho, emphasizing the commitment to safety and excellence, articulated the vision of setting new industry standards and strengthening Korea’s position in the specialized aviation maintenance field.

Strategically adjacent to Korean Air’s existing engine test cell facility, the new cluster will consolidate the airline’s engine maintenance processes, currently distributed between Bucheon and Yeongjongdo Island. This integration is expected to significantly improve efficiency, enabling the airline to increase its engine maintenance capacity from 100 to 360 engines annually, covering nine engine types.

The expansion is not just about scale; it’s a stride towards self-reliance, reducing Korea’s dependency on overseas MRO services. It also opens potential opportunities for collaborations, such as servicing engines for Asiana Airlines, further solidifying Korean Air’s stature in the aviation sector. This initiative comes at a time when Korean Air is nearing the acquisition of Asiana Airlines, a move that will position it among the world’s top 10 carriers.

With this development, Korean Air is setting a new benchmark in the aviation maintenance landscape, promising enhanced operational efficiencies and a fortified MRO service framework that aligns with global standards of excellence.

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