GE Aviation has launched its On Wing Support Centre in Dubai, to provide maintenance and repair services to all UAE-based carriers.
GE has been operating its On Wing Support Center with Emirates Airlines since 2013, providing 24/7 full-service repair solutions for all GE and CFM engines that serve the Emirates fleet. With the new facility in Dubai South, the centre will serve all UAE carriers – including Emirates, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia, and flydubai – providing prompt maintenance and repair.
John Flannery, chairman and chief executive officer of GE, said the region has become a key hub for aviation, an industry that he described as being even more promising over the next 100 years as new technologies are utilised. He added that the support centre will allow for flexibility in repair services to regional customers.
“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 Centre allows us to be closer to our customers, better understand their needs and together deliver groundbreaking 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,” Flannery said at the launch.
The On Wing Support Centre at Dubai South, set on an area of 1,500sqm, can undertake the entire breadth of services including remote borescope inspection, compressor top case repairs, fan case removal and installation, turbine module replacements and gearbox- and component replacements. It also offers 24-hour technician cover for Aircraft On Ground (AOG) services.
Tahnoon Saif, vice-president of Dubai South’s Aviation District, said the Middle East is expected to account for 6 per cent of the global aircraft fleet in the next 10 years, up from the current 5 per cent. Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) demand will also increase to from $5 billion (Dh18.36 billion) to $10 billion in the next 10 years.