GE Aviation will help oversee the design and construction of a new $120 million engine overhaul shop that Emirates Airline plans to build in Dubai. Plans call for construction to begin on the 226,000-sq-ft shop in the first quarter of 2012 and for operations to start in the fourth quarter of 2014. To be situated on a piece of land adjacent to Emirates’ test cell facility, the new shop will have the capacity to perform 300 engine repairs per year on GE90 and GP7200 engines that power Emirates’ Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s, respectively.
By the time the building goes into operation, GE Aviation and Emirates will be two years into a 12-year OnPoint maintenance contract covering the carrier’s fleet of Boeing 777s. The agreement, also announced yesterday, will include maintenance and inventory support services of various avionics, electrical power and mechanical products
Separately, GE Aviation signed another OnPoint agreement covering the GEnx-2B engines that power the 747-8 Freighters ordered by Cargolux. Valued at $1 billion over the life of the agreement, the 15-year deal covers 52 engines.