Emirates expands multi-aircraft docking facility in Dubai

Emirates expands multi-aircraft docking facility in Dubai

Emirates airline has signed a contract with local UAE firm Excel, based in Ajman, supported by Gunzburger Steigtechnik, out of Germany, to develop an additional multi-aircraft docking system in theirDubai engineering facility. This new operation, located in hangar E, will be in addition to the four docking systems already in place in four of Emirates eight hangars. The contract will amount to 28 million UAE dirhams.

It is due to the rapid expansion of Emirates that the need for an additional docking system became apparent. In searching for the best partners to establish this new project, Emirates carefully evaluated potential partners and selected Excel and Gunzburger Steigtechnik; both based on their superior products and past commercial relationships with them. Excel, steel specialist based in Ajman who will supply the fuselage, tail and infill docks, have worked with Emirates for over 15 years. Their steel components and close proximately to Dubai made them a clear choice. Likewise, Gunzburger Steigtechnik, which will supply the aluminum modules for the wing dock and engine, has provided Emirates with under wing platforms for the paint hangar and are a trusted business partner.

“The increase in the heavy maintenance plan of Emirates fleet necessitates the requirement to expand in our facility to meet our future maintenance capability requirement. Working with reliable, professional organizations in the UAE like Excel provides us the confidence required to support our need in the timeframe and standard required,” said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice-President of Emirates Engineering and Operations.

“Likewise, as a partner of Excel and with a strong reputation for quality, Emirates chose Gunzburger Steigtechnik, adding to our already strong connections to the German market.”

Emirates new multi-aircraft docking facility is the latest component of Emirates’ commitment to industry-leading engineering technology and facilities. At the start of 2012, Emirates will begin construction on a state-of-the-art Engine Shop which complements the present Test Cell Facility in Dubai. The growth of the Emirates fleet and the subsequent number of operating engines have necessitated the need for an in-house Engine Shop in Dubai to provide the most cost-effective, efficient engine maintenance.