Qatar Airways has expanded the maintenance facilities at its Doha base, adding a new aircraft wheels and brakes overhaul workshop, built at a cost of $2.2 million. The facility is equipped with non-destructive testing equipment to ensure the serviceability of the wheel and brake parts, as well as a nitrogen reservoir that can service up to 40 wheels without refilling.
The new maintenance facility is expected to realize cost savings for the airline by performing previously outsourced work in-house. The workshop is expected to pay for itself within nine months with its present workload, according to a press release. Additional revenue could be generated from other airlines, it noted.
Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has the distinction of operating an all-Airbus fleet. Currently the airline has seventeen aircraft including two A330-200, seven Airbus A300-600R, seven Airbus A320 and one Airbus Corporate jetliner ACJ319. Qatar Airways is also a launch customer for the newly developed ultra-large Airbus A380. — (menareport.com)
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