GMR Hyderabad Aviation SEZ, Safran sign MRO deal
Operations to commence in 2025 & will provide employment to about 1,000 workers at peak operation capacity
GMR Hyderabad Aviation SEZ, a 100 percent subsidiary of GMR Hyderabad International Airport, has signed a land lease agreement with Safran Aircraft Engines Services India, a subsidiary of Safran, a global leader in aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defence markets with headquarters in Paris, France.
Spread across 23.5 acres of the land parcel within the SEZ area, the facility will occupy around 36,500 sqm of built-up space, says a release from GMR.
"The construction of the facility will commence in September 2023. The facility is expected to be handed over in December 2024. This facility in Hyderabad will be the largest MRO centre in the Safran Aircraft Engines network. Operations are set to commence in 2025 and will provide employment to about 1,000 workers at its peak operation capacity. The facility will adhere to Safran’s most stringent standards for industrial processes and machinery, including cutting-edge technologies like the latest integrated inspection methods and real-time monitoring of the maintenance shop process’s parameters. The new facility will operate on 100 percent sustainable green energy from the GMR solar farm."
Aman Kapoor, CEO, GMR Airport Land Development says: “We are excited to announce that Safran has chosen GMR Industrial Park after a thorough global assessment and has entered a lease agreement to set up one of the largest engine MROs in the world. The facility will initially have the capacity to service 100 engines per annum, which will gradually increase, to around 300 engines by 2035. It will also generate ample employment opportunities inTelangana.”
Nicolas Potier, Vice President, Support & Services, Safran Aircraft Engines adds: "I extend my congratulations to GMR on being selected to provide the location for our new MRO shop in Hyderabad. This MRO project, which is a significant investment in our future in India, will bring additional key capacity to support the operations of our airlines customers and will also contribute to the extension of the aeronautical ecosystem in the Hyderabad International Airport area."
Safran operates two industrial facilities for cable harnessing and aircraft engine component manufacturing within the SEZ area. In addition, CFM, a joint venture of Safran with GE, is operating an engine maintenance training facility at the park, the release added.