Korean Air to open new engine maintenance cluster in 2027

Aerial view of Korean Air's new engine maintenance cluster in Unbuk, Yeongjong Island near Incheon International Airport, South Korea

Korean Air has started construction of an aircraft engine maintenance cluster in Unbuk, near Incheon International Airport, which is slated to open in 2027.

The new engine maintenance complex will be the largest in Asia, and will bolster the airline’s aircraft engine maintenance capabilities and fortify its aviation MRO business.

The airline held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 14, attended by Walter Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air; Sung-kyu Maeng, Committee Member of the National Assembly’s Committee on Land, Infrastructure and Transport; June-young Bae, Congressman of Jung-gu District, Incheon; Jeong-bok Yoo, Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City; Won-sok Yun, Commissioner of the Incheon Free Economic Zone; and Jong-il Kim, CEO of Kolon Global Corporation.

Walter Cho at the groundbreaking ceremony said: “The engine is like the heart of the airplane.

“Korean Air pledges to uphold the highest standards of safety, and is committed to elevating Korea’s competitive edge in a highly specialized sector of aviation.”

The new engine maintenance plant features seven levels spanning more than 140,000 square meters.

The construction of the 578 billion won facility will be undertaken by Kolon Global, and will be strategically constructed adjacent to the existing Engine Test Cell (ETC) that the airline has operated since 2016.