Turkish Technic Approved For Base Maintenance, Completes First Aircraft Work

Turkish Technic opened its new facility at Istanbul Airport in October last year.
Credit: Turkish Technic

Turkish Technic has gained approval from Turkey’s DGCA regulator to conduct base maintenance at the hangars it opened last year at Istanbul Airport and has finished work on its first aircraft at the site.

The facilities were opened in October 2020 after the MRO moved most of its operations from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport to the newer Istanbul Airport, which opened in April 2019. Initially, line maintenance services were moved across from its former Ataturk site but it will now be able to carry out heavier C and D checks at the facility.

Turkish Technic says the hangars are some of the world’s largest, with an indoor capacity of 645,000 ft.2 able to accommodate three widebody and 11 narrowbody aircraft simultaneously. It also continues to run hangar operations at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul and in Ankara.

Following the approval, which allows Turkish Technic to work on Turkey-registered aircraft types, it has already taken three Airbus aircraft. The company says it has already completed work on an Airbus A321neo aircraft, with Turkish Technic recently signing off on the narrowbody’s certificate of release to service.

The maintenance provider has further plans to grow at Istanbul Airport, with the next construction phases set to add further capacity. “When all phases of our facilities at Istanbul Airport are complete, we will have 11 hangars in total, and we will be able to provide maintenance and repair services to 26 narrow and 19 widebody aircraft simultaneously,” says Mikail Akbulut, CEO of Turkish Technic.

Istanbul Airport cost around $12 billion to build and officially opened in April 2019. By 2028, it is projected to become the largest airport in the world by passenger numbers, with capacity to cater for 200 million passengers annually once its four runways and six terminals are fully operational.

James Pozzi

As Aviation Week's MRO Editor EMEA, James Pozzi covers the latest industry news from the European region and beyond. He also writes in-depth features on the commercial aftermarket for Inside MRO.