Uzbekistan Airways Technics (UAT) is planning to increase the volume of maintenance and repair of civil aircrafts of foreign airlines by about 20 % this year, according to the director of the airline, Ulugbek Kiyasov.
According to Kiyasov, this figure will be achieved, largely due to the commissioning of the Centre for repair and maintenance of composite aircraft components, in conjunction with Boeing, in January.
Boeing Company representatives note that the interest in the maintenance of aricrafts at UAT remains high, due to the ever-growing world fleet. In the near future airlines from Kazakhstan, Russia, China and Turkmenistan plan to purchase Boeing - 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the fuselage of which has 50% of composite materials.
UAT’s big advantage will be the fact, that the new center is the only one in CIS and neighboring regions. It was built in accordance with the latest requirements. The Center will repair contemporary metal and composite assemblies of aircrafts of Uzbekistan Airways and other foreign airlines.
UAT has repair equipment, including an oven with an inert atmosphere for processing titanium alloys, oven for bonding and a set of equipment for non-destructive testing.
The cooperation with the American company started in 1996, when the first plane Boeing - 757 was delivered to Uzbekistan. Currently, the national airline of Uzbekistan operates six Boeing- 757 aircrafts and nine Boeing- 767 aircrafts.
Uzbekistan Airways airline was the first among the CIS countries to sign a contract for two Boeing - 787 Dreamliner aircrafts. According to representatives of the carrier, the government is considering the possibility of buying a certain number of such aircrafts by 2020.