Hong Kong International Airport announced Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) opened its third maintenance hangar at the airport on 25-Sep-2009 (Xinhua, 25-Sep-2009). The USD109 million hangar can accommodate two widebody aircraft and one narrowbody.
HAECO opens maintenance hangar at HKIA
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