ME aviation giants go full throttle on engine care
Emirates Airline and budget airline Fly Dubai have just undertaken activities and agreements to ensure the best possible care for its engines.
Emirates have just revealed a plan for the construction of a technologically advanced Engine Overhaul Shop to complement the present Test Cell Facility in Dubai. Emirates Engine Test Cell is the largest facility of its kind in the Middle East and one of the most modern in the world. It is built on a 24,000 square meter site covering 3250 square meters dedicated to 6 engine work stations.
The new Engine Shop will be one of the largest in Asia and will be built in a land area of 90,000 square meters. The extraordinary growth of Emirates fleet requires an in-house engine shop to provide the most cost-effective, efficient maintenance engine maintenance and repairs. Emirates operates over 2,400 passenger flights per week and according to the Economist, the airline has placed orders for over 1,000 new aircraft for delivery by 2020—or 14% of the industry’s entire order book.
The engine shop will be able to perform 300 shop visits per annum for GE’s GE90 and Engine Alliance’s GP7000 engines that power the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 respectively; the endeavor is expected to create 500 job opportunities in the UAE. Construction is expected to begin by 1st quarter of 2012 and be operational by the 4th quarter of 2014.
In another significant Aviation announcement, leading budget airline, flydubai, has signed a 10-year OnPointSM solution agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, overhaul and repair of its 109 CFM56-7B engines that power its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. flydubai has ordered more than 50 Boeing 737 aircraft; GE Aviation will provide flydubai with quality services and material to ensure its CFM56-7B engines perform to the best of their capacity.
OnPoint solutions are customized service agreements tailored to the operational and financial needs of each customer for any size fleet. These agreements are designed to help lower the customers’ cost of ownership and maximize the use of their assets. Backed by GE’s global support network, OnPoint services include overhaul, on wing support, new and used-serviceable parts, component repair, technology upgrades, engine leasing, integrated systems support and diagnostics and integrated systems.