Lufthansa Technik said it will set up a new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in India to support the country’s growing aviation sector. The new facility, which will be located at Shamshabad, Andhra Pradesh, will provide base maintenance services (including C- and D-checks) for Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft –– including 737 Classic and 737 NG (Next Generation). The facility is expected to begin operations in 2008. Lufthansa Technik will partner with the GMR Group, one of India’s leading infrastructure developers and the concessionaire of the airports at Hyderabad and Delhi. Lufthansa Technik will be the majority stakeholder in the company holding more than 75 percent of its equity share capital. Investment in the two-bay hangar and its workshops will top $20 million in the initial phase –– the construction of the 20,000 square meters facility will begin this summer. "With more than 400 airplanes on order, the Indian aviation market is one of the fastest growing in the world. The new facility will complement the existing MRO support being provided to new as well as existing fleets in India and ensures an optimal MRO support within the country," said August W. Henningsen, Chairman of the Executive Board, Lufthansa Technik AG.