Mubadala Aerospace and several of its subsidiaries are at the Singapore Airshow (Booth No. D11). Much of the emphasis for the fast-growing Middle East group is on opportunities for it to develop its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business in the Middle East.
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Abu Dhabi-based Strata Manufacturing, a composite aerostructures company, recently graduated 62 Emirati nationals–60 women and two men–from an intensive 10-month course that provides the students with the core competencies needed to become composite aircraft technicians. The course forms part of a longer 22-month program of study that includes on-the-job training at Strata, Mubadala Aerospace’s advanced composite aerostructures plant in Al Ain.
Low-cost carrier flydubai announced $74 million in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contracts Tuesday at the Dubai Airshow.
The airline signed agreements with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), part of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, with a combined value of $54 million.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, officially opened the Dubai Air Show 2011 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the Royal Pavilion yesterday. Afterward he led a royal delegation on a tour of the static display and exhibitor stands.
Mubadala Aerospace’s global ambitions in the aerospace arena are already achieving tangible successes at Strata, its composite aerostructures manufacturing subsidiary. Strata’s 230,000-sq-ft facility is located at the Al Ain Aerospace Center at Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain International Airport.
Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala launched Sanad Aero Solutions launched in February 2010 as part of a plan to achieve more in the maintenance repair and overhaul sector than simply being a small niche player. The company’s mission is to take the hassle and inherent inefficiency of spare parts supply management off the shoulders of aircraft operators.
Abu Dhabi is determined to succeed in aerospace, but not at all costs. Mubadala, the emirate’s $45 billion sovereign wealth fund, set up an aerospace division in 2006. The plan is for it to break even by 2013, but some latitude is possible on this goal, if the group secures the right partnership opportunities to support its plan to spend around $1 billion building another new facility here in the United Arab Emirates.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrates its 40th anniversary next month on December 2, and aviation has always been at the forefront of the young country’s ambitious development plans.
As the majority shareholder in Piaggio Aero Industries, with a 31.5-percent stake, Mubadala of Abu Dhabi is taking the lead in trying to advance the Italian airframer’s plans to launch a new business jet. The company is due to present a business plan and technical specifications for the proposed program by early 2012.
Piaggio Aero general manager Eligio Trombetta announced that the company is currently working several new product upgrade programs for its P.180 Avanti II twin turboprop pusher, including new and quieter propellers, an improved environmental control system (ECS), a digital cabin management system (CMS) and anti-skid brakes.