Turkish Airlines has opened a new, state-of-the-art MRO facility, HABOM, at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. HABOM represents an investment of about $550 million by Turkish Airlines subsidiary Turkish Technic.

According to Turkish, HABOM is designed to increase the technical MRO capacity and capability available to both Turkish Airlines and third-party customers. When fully operational, it will house 7,000 employees and is expected to produce annual revenue of $1.5 billion.

The facility has an integrated structure and a closed area of 380,000 sq meters. It can handle MRO services for 11 narrowbody aircraft in the dedicated narrowbody hangar and three widebody aircraft in the widebody hangar at the same time.

A section of the widebody hangar was designed to be partitioned off to provide paint services for either two narrowbody or a single widebody aircraft.

The company said with the new facilities, Turkish Technic’s narrowbody aircraft maintenance capacity will increase 57%, widebody aircraft maintenance capacity 43% and closed area capacity by 193%.