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flydubai plans ‘milestone’ US$190m MRO facility

flydubai plans 'milestone' US$190m MRO facility
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flydubai has announced plans to build its first purpose-built US$190 million MRO facility in Dubai South. Construction of the new hangar and workshop is due to commence next year and is expected to conclude by the last quarter of 2026. The signing ceremony with the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) was signed at the Dubai Airshow in November, and was attended by His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South; Tahnoon Saif, chief executive of MBRAH; and Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive of flydubai.His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of flydubai, said: “I am proud to announce the plans for flydubai’s state-of-the-art MRO facility in Dubai South.

“This milestone reaffirms our commitment to operational excellence, right here in Dubai South’s dynamic ecosystem.

“This will bring flydubai greater control over its maintenance requirements as it continues to grow its fleet and capabilities with a firm focus on the future.”

Al Zaffin, said: “flydubai’s new facility in Dubai South reflects our commitment to enhancing the ecosystem that contributes to the growth and sustainability of the aviation industry.

“This partnership reaffirms Dubai’s position as a global aviation hub and reinforces our shared vision of providing world-class aviation services to our partners.”

Al Ghaith said: “Dubai has emerged as a thriving aviation hub that fosters connectivity, innovation, growth and setting benchmarks for the global aviation industry.

“The spirit of Dubai is in our DNA and we are proud to announce today the plans for our MRO facility which represents a new chapter in our journey.

“At flydubai, we continue to invest in our people and technologies and build solid foundations to enable further growth as part of our role in supporting Dubai’s economic and aviation vision.”

Mick Hills, chief operating officer at flydubai, said: “When it is up and running in 2026, the MRO facility on Dubai South will bring us significant reductions in operational costs.

“Having our own in-country MRO facility will ensure a quicker turnaround of our fleet maintenance while adhering to the highest quality standards.

“This increased level of control will result in reduced downtime as maintenance tasks can be efficiently planned and executed, minimising any disruption to our flight schedules in the future and enhancing overall operational reliability.”

In 2022, flydubai received its CAR-145 base maintenance approval from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) which has enabled the airline to perform C Checks and Entry-into-Service for its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft; bringing the airline added operational and cost efficiencies.

The carrier has built a team of 455 skilled engineers working in line maintenance, technical services, materials and workshops who are responsible for ensuring the airworthiness and safety of its growing fleet.

More than 230 engineers will join flydubai’s growing workforce over the next 12 months; a recruitment drive to ensure the airline is well-positioned for the opening of its MRO facility by 2026.

flydubai currently operates a young and efficient fleet of 80 Boeing 737 aircraft and will take delivery of more than 150 additional aircraft by 2030.

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flydubai announces plans for USD 190 million MRO facility in Dubai South
Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive at flydubai, and His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South

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