China-based MRO GAMECO announced in late December it has completed and opened a third hanger and inducted a a CSN A380 and a B747 in the Phase III hangar at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. The GAMECO Phase III hangar is located to the north of Phase I and Phase II. It covers an area of 50,482.7 sqm with the total construction area of 98,086.7 sqm. The total investment of Phase III hangar amounts to 886 million RMB (US$128.2 million). The complex consists of a 34,000 sqm maintenance hall with a span of 334 metres, a three-floor office and workshop building and a 15,000 sqm basement for parking, civil defence and equipment storage.
Aircraft washing, engine run-up and limited maintenance work will be performed on a newly added 59,000 sqm apron area. The Phase III hangar can simultaneously park six widebody aircraft and five narrowbody aircraft, and is designed to accommodate various aircraft types such as the A380, A330, B777, B787, A320 and B737. With the completion of Phase III hangar, the capacity of GAMECO will increase from 20 heavy maintenance production lines to 31. This allows GAMECO to offer more space and achieve more flexible slot planning for base maintenance to its customers and better support cargo conversion business. It will also drive the development of line maintenance, component repair, composite repair, landing gear overhaul and part manufacturing, etc., providing stronger support for the rapid growth of China Southern Airlines’ fleet and greater production capacity to undertake third-party business at home and abroad.
The GAMECO Phase III hangar is also a key development project in Guangzhou. Its completion strengthens the position of Guangzhou airport economic zone as an important national aircraft maintenance centre and it brings Guangzhou city a step closer to achieving the goal of being a global aircraft maintenance centre. Established in 1989 and headquartered at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, GAMECO is joint venture of China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd. and Hutchison Whampoa (China) Co., Ltd.