Boeing lands in Nagpur

Following up on on Nagpur becoming the country’s international cargo hub Boeing has named Nagpur as the site of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Facility in India.

Here is some part of the news:

We believe that Nagpur will be an excellent location for the Boeing MRO facility because of the tremendous investment being made in the area by both government and private companies,” said Dinesh Keskar, vice president of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Boeing is committed to helping strengthen India’s air transport infrastructure by investing up to $100 million in this MRO facility.

Boeing agreed to establish an MRO facility and provide training as part of a 68-airplane order placed by Air India in December 2005.

The Nagpur facility will provide a convenient, centralized location for India-based airlines to schedule routine maintenance and overhaul work, and to have repairs completed.

As in a previous case, this news was sent to me by my friend, Vishwajeet!

Welcome news for the airport at Nagpur

It has been long since I heard anything really exciting and good news from Nagpur – news that could make me feel, “Ah! Finally, someone realizes the importance of Nagpur and the vast potential that it has.” This morning, I woke up with an email from my friend, Vishwajeet and it has a news-link with the following title:

Rs 2000 cr facelift for Nagpur Airport

Here is an excerpt:

Nagpur Airport, spread over 1,200 hectares, will be an international hub with ultimate space for parking 50 aircraft in the terminal and 50 aircraft remote.

Meanwhile, Chennai-based SICAL Logistics will set up a rail-road terminus at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore to link the airport with other places. MADC will also construct a special sorting centre and bonded customs area for cargo terminal, enabling airlines to redistribute cargo freight. Indian Airlines has decided to opt Nagpur as hub airport.

For those of us, who have been to the Nagpur airport, this is a welcome news at many fronts. Most importantly, such activities promote the growth of the city, in general. Already, the presence of companies such as Persistent Systems has given the city an uplift. This is not to say that there is little development.

I have witnessed a complete turn-around in Nagpur, in terms of infrastructure and other facilities, without destroying the amazing amount of greenery that it has. However, activities such as above lead to significant industrial growth, job creation and better economy!

Long way to go…