Emirates picks builder for $100m repair shop
Emirates Airline said on Wednesday it has hired Khansaheb Civil Engineering to build its new $100m engine maintenance facility.
The Emirates Engine Overhaul Shop will maintain the GE90 and GP7200 engines that power the Emirates fleet of nearly 150 Boeing 777s and Airbus 380s, as well as the additional 138 more of these aircraft types on order.
Presently under construction and scheduled to be operational in the second quarter of 2014, the 225,000 sq ft facility will "provide Emirates with the maintenance capabilities needed to assure continued safe operation of the engines powering the majority of the Emirates fleet", a statement said.
Managed by General Electric International (GE) and designed by US-based Burns and McDonnell Corp, the facility will support the maintenance of up to 300 engines per year.
Emirates' partner, GE, will oversee the design and construction, the statement added.
Ali Mubarak Al Sorri, Emirates executive vice president, Chairman’s Office, Facilities, Construction & Design, Procurement Management and Procurement & Logistics Non Aircraft, said: “Our new Engine Overhaul Shop will expand our ability to maintain and repair the thousands engines powering Emirates Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft.
"With the rapid expansion of Emirates over the past few years and further rigorous expansion scheduled, Emirates needed a way to better control maintenance costs while assuring safe and efficient operation of our fleet.”
Emirates said Khansaheb had been selected after a "thorough and rigorous evaluation of numerous highly-qualified candidate construction companies across the UAE".
In addition to supporting Emirates’ fleet of over 120 Boeing 777s and 28 Airbus 380s, the new maintenance facility will support the Dubai economy by adding as many as 500 new engine maintenance jobs.