Commercial jet engines, avionics and mechanical systems provider GE Aviation has unveiled a new On Wing Center at Dubai South’s Aviation District Aerospace Supply Chain Facility.
Present at the inauguration of the new facility was H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group.
The new 1,500sqm facility is expected to expand the reach of the company’s engine repair services in the UAE, which has served Emirates Airlines since 2013 with repair solutions for all GE and CFM engines within the airline’s fleet. The new facility will enable GE to offer its services to all UAE carriers, which includes Emirates, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia and flydubai.
Commenting on the facility launch, H.E. Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC) & Dubai South, said: “The Aviation District in Dubai South is taking shape as the new hub for the industry and creating a dynamic supply chain that can serve all international carriers.
“It is a comprehensive platform that brings together advanced aerospace products and MRO service innovation through partnerships with leading global entities, further contributing to Dubai’s strong credentials in the aerospace and aviation sector. With the new On Wing Support Center, carriers can access prompt maintenance and service that will add to their operational efficiency.”
GE’s On Wing Support Center will have the capability to service up to 20 LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines annually for quick turn workscopes, along with 24-hour technician cover for Aircraft on Ground (AOG) services.
Additionally, the facility will be able to offer services, such as remote borescope inspection, compressor top case repairs, fan case removal and installation, turbine module replacements and gearbox- and component replacements.
John Flannery, Chairman & CEO of GE, said: “With the UAE continuing to raise the bar in the aviation sector both regionally and globally – highlighted by its world-class airports, carriers and connectivity – the new On Wing Support Center allows us to be closer to our customers, better understand their needs and together deliver ground-breaking aviation technologies.
“The provision of more efficient, reliable and timely maintenance and repair services remains vital to the advancement of the industry. This centre will contribute to the long-term growth vision of Dubai South and support the needs of our partners from across the region.”
The new centre will support aviation operations in 19 nations across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.