According to terms of the agreement, eight Qantas A380 aircraft will be stripped and repainted by Emirates Engineering in first week of March. The repainting of aircraft will be carried out with the latest Qantas livery at the state of the art Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre in Dubai.
Replacement of landing gears of one Qantas A380 by Emirates Engineering in February 2018 is also under the terms of the deal. Mohammed Jaffar Nasser, the senior vice president of Engineering Maintenance said, “We are delighted to be working with Qantas for maintenance on their A380 aircraft. As the largest operator of Airbus A380s with over 100 aircraft in our fleet, Emirates Engineering has built strong expertise over the years in the maintenance and repainting of this aircraft type. We have worked hard to create efficiencies and productivity gains across all lines of maintenance, thereby freeing capacity and allowing us to offer our services and know-how to external customers,” he further added “Our goal is to promote Dubai as a centre of excellence for Airbus A380 maintenance. We have the knowledge, infrastructure, competence and the confidence to achieve this goal”.
This agreement supplements the strategic commercial partnership between Emirates and Qantas and carries signs of partnership in the areas of maintenance and engineering between two airlines.
The Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre is the world’s largest dedicated aircraft painting facility owned by an airline.
Emirates Engineering completed 38 aircraft paint makeovers at its dedicated paint hanger during last financial year. The centre also has installed a number of customized and eye-catching decals on Emirates fleet of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft. Emirates is the most experienced and equipped Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider in the world for the iconic double decker aircraft with over 110 A380 C-Checks completed to date.