UAE: GE Aviation inks new deal with Dubai South
GE Aviation intends to conduct its MRO operations from Dubai South's Aviation District Aerospace Supply Chain Facility
Dubai South and GE Aviation announced on Wednesday that they have entered into an agreement, allowing the latter to carry out maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) activities at the former’s Aviation District Aerospace Supply Chain Facility.
The planned centre will provide assistance to the aviation company’s On Wing Support division, with a focus on light- to medium-scale work. These activities will involve the maintenance and repair of specific technical issues, as opposed to heavy shop visits where engines are dismantled.
According to a Dubai Media Office report, the facility will service all GE/CFM engine models, particularly the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines. It will also be used as a storage location for spare engines.
Commenting on the new agreement, HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South, said: “We are delighted to welcome GE as part of the swiftly growing aerospace supply chain at Dubai South. With global industry leaders, such as GE, deciding to set up operations, we are steps closer in fulfilling our strategic vision of building an ecosystem dedicated to the aviation industry.”
Dr Dalya Al Muthanna, president and chief executive officer of GE Gulf, meanwhile, described the planned facility as a milestone not only for the company, but also for the Gulf region.
He said: “The high technology maintenance work that will be performed at the new facility shows that the Middle East can truly be a hub for aviation activity. Historically, we have serviced our customers, including Emirates and Etihad, onsite at their locations. We will continue to do this as we always have; this facility is about global growth and bringing engines from outside the UAE into the country for repair.”
Spanning an area of 700ha, the district is the new permanent home of the Dubai Airshow and will cater to all practical aspects of private and commercial aviation.