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Emirates Announces Massive Maintenance Base at Dubai World Central

The Dubai flag carrier is investing over $1 billion for a new engineering facility at Al Maktoum Airport.

New Emirates Engineering Facility (Photo: Emirates)

At the Dubai Airshow, Emirates announced it would be adding a massive new engineering facility at Dubai World Central Airport, also known as Al Maktoum International Airport.

The carrier is going to invest nearly $1 billion into developing a modern engineering complex that will span just over 1 million square yards. This facility intends to let Emirates become fully self-sufficient when it comes to maintenance, repairs, overhaul, and other various engineering tasks that come from operating a large fleet of aircraft. The facility will be able to handle work like routine aircraft checks, aircraft painting, engine repairs and testing, full cabin interior retrofits, and passenger-to-cargo aircraft conversions.

Construction

The development of the facility is being built across several phases with Phase 1 starting in 2024 and wrapping up in 2027. Phase 1 will include eight maintenance hangars, a paint hangar, an engine run-up facility, 20 support workshops, storage facilities, and administration offices. All hangars that will be built will be large enough to accommodate the massive Emirates fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft.

It is also expected that there will be enough capacity to not only service the entire Emirates fleet but also provide services to other airline operators. This would allow the facility to play a key role as a center of excellence in the region becoming a key location across the aviation supply chain.

The facility is being purpose-built for the growth of the airline over the next few decades. Phase 2 of construction will take into consideration forecasted growth for the future with the potential to double capacity.

Growth is so far forecasted to be promising. The airline had kicked off the airshow with an order of 95 additional widebody aircraft in addition to the 200 it already had on order. The airline has a massive order book filled with dozens of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and over 200 Boeing 777-X aircraft.

Existing Emirates Engineering operations at Dubai International Airport will continue for the next few years as the new facility is constructed and operations ramp up. The new facility at Dubai World Central will initially handle spillover work and heavy maintenance programs that generally require longer maintenance times.

An Emirates 777-200LR on the ramp in Dubai (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Hisham Qadri)

Growth at Dubai World Central Airport

More engineering work will shift to the new facility at Dubai World Central as the airport expansion continues. The massive engineering facility is not the only major project underway at Dubai World Central. The airport is undergoing a comprehensive expansion plan that will include six runways and an entire terminal dedicated to Emirates. The airport expansion is expected to be completed in 2030 to make Al Maktoum International the world’s largest airport.

Hemal Gosai

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  • Hemal Gosai

    Hemal took his first flight at four years old and has been an avgeek since then. When he isn't working as an analyst he's frequently found outside watching planes fly overhead or flying in them. His favorite plane is the 747-8i which Lufthansa thankfully flies to EWR allowing for some great spotting. He firmly believes that the best way to fly between JFK and BOS is via DFW and is always willing to go for that extra elite qualifying mile.

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