Turkish Technic

Set up in stages, Turkish Technic answers Turkish Airlines’ need for repairs and maintenance of its planes. Today it serves the whole world.

This is the story of a technical unit that began in 1933 with Junker, King-bird and ATH-9 planes, and depended for a long time on the foreign producers of those aircraft for support. The simple structure of the planes used in the early days became more complex with time, and repair and maintenance in turn more difficult and complicated. Repairs were sometimes carried out with the support of engineers and technicians brought in from abroad, and sometimes by Turkish personnel sent abroad for training. For years these maintenance and repair operations were handled at two maintenance hangars and workshops at the Güvercinlik Airport in Ankara. Engine revisions on the planes were made at the Türkkuşu Aircraft Factory, a sister firm whose technical support contributed in a big way to Turkish Airlines.

In those days when resources were sorely lacking, aircraft engines and complicated instruments were sent abroad to the manufacturing firms for repairs. When maintenance operations were transfered from Ankara to the Istanbul Yeşilköy airport in 1955, this meant not only a change of location but a capacity increase in technical activity as well. A new Engine Workshop went into service in 1963 and an Electrical-Electronic Workshop in 1972. As it attempted to introduce modern technology at these two plants, Turkish Airlines began undertaking periodic maintenance and repairs of airplane engines as well as revisions of components using parts from the original manufacturer.

During the years when it was supported from abroad, the technical unit was oriented towards acquiring the capability of doing all the maintenance work itself. This, when combined with its steadily developing infrastructure, turned it in time into a giant facility which is a source of national pride today.
Engine Overhaul operations, which first began in 1951 with piston engines, evolved in 1986 and 1987 into overhaul operations on CF6-80A3 and -80C2 type engines, and the first CFM56-3C engine was overhauled in 1995 and the first CFM56-5C in 1996. In 1999 Turkish Technic officially demonstrated its world-class reliability with an ISO  9002 Quality Certificate.
The Engine Revision Workshop, which services the engines of the planes in the Turkish Airlines fleet as well as those of other airlines, has also been developing by the day.

Turkish Technic, one hundred percent of whose shares are owned by Turkish Airlines, acquired independent status in 2006 as Turkish Technic, Inc. Today Turkish Technic performs partial or complete overhauls of aircraft fuselages, engines and component parts to American, European and Turkish aviation standards.
The Maintenance Center has two multi-purpose hangars at Ataturk International Airport in Yeşilköy-Istanbul. One of these is a 30,000-square meter enclosed area capable of providing maintenance on two wide-bodied or three narrow-bodied aircraft simultaneously; the other a 60,000-square meter enclosed area capable of providing maintenance on three wide-bodied or four narrow-bodied aircraft at once. President of Turkish Technic, Ph.D., for the last three years, aeronautical engineer İsmail Demir had this to say about the position the company has reached today and its targets for the future: “Turkish Technic is on the way to becoming one of the world’s leading companies. We are one of fifteen maintenance firms in the world today. While Turkish Airlines had around 60 planes at the beginning of 2004, today it has more than 100. As the number of planes increases, maintenance activity too increases in parallel. We have managed to keep up with the growth of the last three years. We are on the right path today. With our new maintenance center project HABOM, we are going to acquire the capability to double our current capacity through the new engine maintenance and aircraft maintenance facilities that will go into service in 2009. As we undergo rapid development, we are also attracting interest in Turkey as an attractive place for investment in the field of technology. Our growth project is going to attract foreign capital as well. Through these investments, Turkish Technic will soon be in a better place than it is today in terms of size and work capacity. In 6-7 years’ time it is going to number among the top-ranking maintenance centers in the world. Our biggest goal is to become a world maintenance center. Turkish Technic employs 2,600 personnel, a serious workforce consisting of trained and experienced technicians and engineers. We have the potential to meet our goal. That’s how I view Turkish Technic. You can build a nice building with foundations on solid ground. The future of Turkish Technic is even more brilliant in that sense. Rather than saying that ‘very major steps have been taken’ in the three years I’ve been here, I would say that ‘the foundations for taking major steps have been reinforced.’