Taipei, March 20 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, said on Friday it will invest in the development of its own maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility.
CAL Chairman Sun Huang-hsiang (孫洪祥) said Taiwan Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Co. (TAMECO), which the airline established earlier this year, will start operations in June 2017.
The new company will capitalize on Taiwan's existing developments in aerospace, bringing in more talent to enhance the airline's general competitiveness, Sun said.
"It is becoming popular for airline companies to explore MRO business," Sun said, adding that CAL is well-positioned as it has worked closely with 12 local college departments on aerospace development over the past two years.
TAMECO said it will start recruiting in the second quarter of 2016 and focus on Boeing 777/737 and Airbus 350/320 fuselage maintenance.
Located near Taiwan's main international airport in Taoyuan, TAMECO will have a maintenance hangar available that can simultaneously park two wide-body and two narrow-body aircraft.
(By Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM/AW