Emirates to expand Dubai multi-aircraft docking station

Airline signs contract with local UAE firm Excel, based in Ajman.
NEWS, Aviation


Emirates Airline has signed a contract with local UAE firm Excel, based in Ajman, supported by Gunzburger Steigtechnik, out of Germany, to develop an additional multi-aircraft docking system in its Dubai engineering facility.

This new operation, located in hangar E, will be in addition to the four docking systems already in place in four of Emirates’ eight hangars. The contract will amount to 28 million UAE dirhams.

Excel, a steel specialist based in Ajman, will supply the fuselage, tail and infill docks, having worked with Emirates for over 15 years. Gunzburger Steigtechnik, which will supply the aluminum modules for the wing dock and engine, has provided Emirates with under wing platforms for the paint hangar.

"The increase in the heavy maintenance plan of Emirates fleet necessitates the requirement to expand in our facility to meet our future maintenance capability requirement. Working with reliable, professional organizations in the UAE like Excel provides us the confidence required to support our need in the timeframe and standard required," said Adel Al Redha, executive vice-president of Emirates Engineering and Operations.

"Likewise, as a partner of Excel and with a strong reputation for quality, Emirates chose Gunzburger Steigtechnik, adding to our already strong connections to the German market."

Emirates new multi-aircraft docking facility is the latest component of Emirates' commitment to industry-leading engineering technology and facilities.

At the start of 2012, Emirates will begin construction on a state-of-the-art Engine Shop which complements the present Test Cell Facility in Dubai. The growth of the Emirates fleet and the subsequent number of operating engines have necessitated the need for an in-house Engine Shop in Dubai to provide the most cost-effective, efficient engine maintenance.

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