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MAS heading toward technical self-sufficiency. (Malaysian Airline System)

MAS heading toward technical self-sufficiency

Malaysian Airline System's new technical base dedicated in 1986 is already paying off in terms of increased engineering capacity, meeting the carrier's objective of maximum use of in-house resources and manpower. The Hangar and Workship Complex includes a $33 million hangar--the largest columnfree steel structure in Malaysia--allowing two widebody aircraft and one Boeing 737 to be accommodated simultaneously. Prior to its availability MAS had only limited facilities for maintaining its widebody fleet of Boeing 747s, McDonnell Douglas DC-10s and Airbus Industrie A300s. Because of the small number involved--three 747s, three DC-10s and four A300s--heavy maintenance of these aircraft may continue to be done abroad but for all other checks the new facilities gove the airline the capability to do 85% of the work on the airframes. …

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