Teamwork Central to Mutual Success
“We are one team working together for Emirates,” said Juma Al Qahash, Vice President Engineering Power Plant, with 21 years of experience at Emirates Airline, speaking of the relationship with Engine Alliance.
With the 2017 Dubai Air Show happening this week, the on-the-ground Engine Alliance team sat down with their partners at Dubai-based Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre to talk about their partnership.
The Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre (EEMC) primarily supports the 90 GP7200—powered Airbus A380 aircraft operated by Emirates Airline.
After becoming a dedicated center in 2016, in addition to working together for more than a decade, the new EEMC high-tech facility is the first and only in the region to truly reflect the Emirates brand. In keeping with the UAE leadership’s vision of building a Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, EEMC is a green facility that also successfully installed solar photovoltaic panels recently.
“We all share the same goal of servicing and supporting a stable fleet, in a top-notch facility, and having the right resources in place to handle the high-thrust engines that require a knowledgeable workforce,” said Romain Fleury, Customer Program Manager, Engine Alliance.
Al Qahash noted that EEMC currently has 205 staff members that have the hands-on experience to support any engines that come through and can fully support the shop. Going forward, he anticipates having up to 500 staff members that can take on the demands of increasingly complex high-tech needs.
“We’re always evolving the EEMC workforce, preparing for what we need now and for the future,” said Fleury.
Working together, Engine Alliance and EEMC will continue to set high-quality standards for the maintenance value chain sector.
About Engine Alliance
Engine Alliance (EA) is a 50-50 joint venture of GE (NYSE:GE) and Pratt & Whitney (P&W), a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Revenue-sharing participants include MTU Aero Engines of Germany, Safran Aero Boosters of Belgium and Safran Aircraft Engines of France. EA manufactures and services the quietest, most reliable and most fuel-efficient power plant for the A380, the GP7200.