Emirates and GE Sign Agreement for New Engine Repair and Overhaul Facility in Dubai

The new engine MRO Facility in Dubai to service more than 300 engines annually


DUBAI-14 November 2011 - Emirates and GE Aviation have signed an agreement that will enable GE to help oversee the design and construction of Emirates' new technologically-advanced Engine Overhaul Shop to be built in Dubai using the most advanced technology, equipment and best practices in the industry.

The 21,000 square meter state-of-the-art Engine Overhaul Shop will be the most advanced facility in Asia and will complement Emirates' Test Cell Facility in Dubai. The Engine Overhaul Shop will be constructed on a 90,000 square meter piece of land adjacent to the Test Cell Facility and will cost an estimated $120 million (USD).

The growth of the Emirates fleet and the subsequent increasing number of engines have necessitated the need for an in-house Engine Overhaul Shop in Dubai to provide the most cost-effective, efficient engine maintenance.

"The in-house Engine Shop will allow Emirates to provide the highest standard of maintenance to its fleet and will create more than 500 new job opportunities, with a large percentage of these to be occupied by UAE nationals." said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. "By collaborating with GE, the new Engine Overhaul Shop will utilize OEM best practices to ensure high quality maintenance, repair and overhaul on our engine fleet."

"GE Aviation is proud to work with Emirates on this new high-tech Engine Shop and to share our expertise on maintenance, repair and overhaul," said David Joyce, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation.

"With Emirates growing fleet, the new facility will enhance the airline's services capabilities and ensure their engines receive the highest quality maintenance to keep them in top operating condition."

Construction of the new Engine Overhaul Shop will begin in the first quarter of 2012, and is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2014. The facility will have the capability of performing 300 engine repairs per year on GE90 and GP7000 engines that power the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft respectively. This announcement represents another milestone for Emirates Engineering in their efforts to increase engine maintenance capability in terms of volume and repairs.

About Emirates airline:

Dubai-based Emirates (www.emirates.com <http://www.emirates.com/> ) is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world and has received more than 400 international awards for excellence. Emirates now flies to115 destinations in 67 countries. The airline reported a net profit of USD$1.5 billion for the last fiscal year. Emirates operates 162 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and has orders for an additional

 

*The Engine Alliance is 50/50 joint venture between GE and Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

189 aircraft, worth more than USD$66 billion.

About GE Aviation:

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at

www.ge.com/aviation. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation.

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