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2007. e complex features seven maintenance
hangars, alongside engine and component overhaul
shops, storage facilities, a sta training centre, an
engine testing facility and a paint hangar.
e company opened an engine test centre some
40km away from the airport in 2009, capable of
handling powerplants generating up to 150,000lb
of thrust, with a capacity of 300 engines and
auxiliary power units per year.
Two of the company s hangars currently have
a docking system for the A380, another can
accommodate the Boeing 777-300ER and a fourth
can handle aircra up to the size of the 777-200.
e company is planning to install a full docking
system into a h hangar this year.
Emirates Engineering also plans to boost capacity
by increasing e ciency, working together with its
partners. As an example, co-operation with Airbus
allowed the company to trim the time required for
an A380 C1-check.
Abu Dhabi activity
Another key player in the region is Mubadala, the
investment arm of Abu Dhabi, which has been
working on integrating its two biggest MRO
subsidiaries -- Abu Dhabi Aircra Technologies
(ADAT) and SR Technics - and expanding its
In December 2010, the company s ADAT unit
announced details of its plans to establish the
world s rst General Electric (GE) and Engine
Alliance network-partner Overhaul Shop and
Test-Cell Facility for the GEnx and GP7200
engines. The test cell and shop, now under
construction, are scheduled to be ready by the rst
quarter of 2013, supporting the expanding eet of
GE engines in the Middle East and North Africa
GE supported ADAT in the design and
construction of this facility to meet the industry s
global regulations, through providing the necessary
expertise during the development phase. In
addition to the GEnx and GP7200, the facility is
also expected to service GE90 engines.
ADAT is a key component of plans to establish
Abu Dhabi as an integrated global aerospace hub,
Mubadala says. e parent company "has formed
partnerships with the world s leading aerospace
companies to develop the industry in Abu Dhabi"
and the new ADAT engine facility forms part of a
2009 agreement that expands GE s global network
of engine maintenance, repair and overhaul
providers in the Middle East, as well as advancing
Mubadala s plans to build a global MRO network
centred in Abu Dhabi.
Mubadala said the plan "represents the next
step in the Mubadala Aerospace-GE partnership,
which since formation has seen ADAT and SR
Technics bene tting from enhanced technical and
material support for the CF6 and CFM56 engines,
and signi cantly, ADAT establishing GE90 on-
wing support capability". ADAT is currently GE s
Middle Eastern on-wing support partner for the
SR Technics integration
e Abu Dhabi company acquired control of SR
Technics in 2009 and has since then been gradually
integrating it with ADAT. Up to now, the two
entities have mostly operated separately, each with
its own identity. But now, Mubadala is on close to
announcing a new branding strategy.
Company officials have said this will either
follow the Air France-KLM model, operating
two brands side-by-side, or the Lu hansa Technik
model of a single, strong , global brand. Once this
is decided, the company will o er its services as a
one-stop solution, dividing airframe maintenance
between ADAT s Abu Dhabi facilities and SR
Technics Malta site, while engine MRO is carried
out at ADAT and in Zurich, Switzerland.
In stark contrast to Mubadala s expanding reach
and capabilities is the story of Dubai Aerospace
Enterprise (DAE), which was created to turn Dubai
into a hub for the aerospace industry. In its rst
two years, the company set up an aircra -leasing
business, aerospace university and MRO arm,
acquiring US-based StandardAero and becoming
an early co-owner of SR Technics.
All this changed in 2009, when Dubai was hit by
the crash in the property market. Since then, DAE s
university has collapsed and the company cancelled
many of its aircra orders.
Abu Dhabi's Mubadala acquired control of SR Technics in 2009.
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