October 16, 2012
Taiwanese maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) next year plans to start construction of a fourth hangar to keep pace with the fleet renewals of its 40 airline partners.
“The hangar shall be able to accommodate multiple widebody-sized aircraft, such as Boeing 777s, Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighters and Airbus A380s. It will be sited towards the end of one of the two runways at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport,” EGAT President Nan-hung Huang tells Aviation Week in an email.
EGAT, a joint-venture between Taiwanese carrier EVA Air and General Electric (GE), is building a fourth hangar because its business “is growing in step with the requirements from its more than 40 airline partners. EGAT’s airline partners and customers have been renewing their fleets. Along with some of the renewals come fleet expansions as well,” he adds.
EGAT also is boosting its capabilities. “On the airframe heavy maintenance (HMV), EGAT will be building capability on the [Boeing] 787, 747-8, and the A380,” Huang says. EGAT already is a Boeing-approved HMV service provider on the 787 and the 747-8 under the Boeing Edge Program, he adds. “On engine maintenance, EGAT is working with General Electric to understand how to best support EVA Air and GE in their supply chain for servicing the next generation of engines, such as the GenX and Leap X.”
“The paperwork for the construction of a new hangar has already been submitted to the authorities and is currently pending their approvals. EGAT . . . intends to break ground on the construction no later than first quarter of 2013, subject to securing the approvals.”