Emirates To Invest Big Into New Engineering Facility
Dubai-based carrier Emirates has announced an investment of USD 950 million into building a new engineering facility located at Dubai World Central (DWC). The engineering complex will cover a 1 million sq.m real estate and, as per the airline, “will be the largest and most advanced of its kind”. While the primary purpose of this upcoming facility will be to support Emirates’ operations into the 2040s, its services will also be open to other airlines.
The kind of services that the new engineering hub will offer include routine aircraft checks, bespoke paint jobs, light to heavy maintenance programmes, engine repair and testing, full cabin interior fit-outs and aircraft conversions. A phase-wise build-and-deliver approach makes the most sense for such a massive project. So, post the completion of phase one, the engineering complex will have eight maintenance hangers and one paint hanger (supporting all commercial aircraft up to an Airbus A380), an engine run-up facility, about 20 support workshops, storage facilities and administration offices.
Emirates confirms that its existing engineering centre at Dubai International Airport (DXB) will continue to support the airline operations as is, while the upcoming facility at DWC will initially handle spillover work and heavy maintenance jobs, which require longer aircraft ground time.