Resting in the hangar, a Boeing 747-400 undergoes a C-check
We recently paid a visit to China Airlines’ (CI) primary maintenance facility, located at Taoyuan International Airport outside Taipei. The monster facility–which held three Boeing 747-400s and an Airbus A340-300 at the time–is able to perform all standard maintenance regimens from A to D checks, as well as landing gear replacement and painting.
In for a two-week C-check, a Boeing 747 shows signs of care in progress. Each cabin is inspected in detail.
Unfortunately for us (probably good for the airline) their new Boeing 777-300ER wasn’t in the hangar at the time. Being so new, CI is currently only able to complete A-checks on the airplane. It expects to be able to offer up to C-checks by mid-2015, and add service to Panasonic’s IFE system in 2016. Check out our photo gallery and learn more.
Four of the carrier’s 31-strong 747 fleet sit on a ramp outside the hangar
An engine is shuffled around outside the hangar, ready to be placed back on a jet
Scaffolding surrounding a Boeing 747-400
The rear fuselage of a Boeing 747 is seen in the hangar, with a curious American registration
A pair of interior window frames rest on a business class seat in the nose of a 747 in progress
Boeing fleet manager Chieh-Li “Jerry” Wang takes a look inside the rear crew-rest of the Boeing 747
A company Airbus A340 goes through a comprehensive D-check in the hangar. Each D-check takes approximately 60 days.
An emptied out interior is visible through the rear door of an Airbus A340-300
A mechanic directs the location of an engine
Mechanics work on the engine of a Boeing 747
One of 31 (at the time) active China Airlines’ Boeing 747s rests on a ramp outside the hangar
This story was written in a partnership with NYCAviation. All the photos are done by the author. China Airlines covered the author’s flights to Taipei, but his opinions are his own.
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