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New Emirates aircraft dock opens for business

Dubai, UAE – Emirates<.> engineers have successfully completed the first major maintenance check on a Boeing 777-300…

Dubai, UAE – Emirates<.> engineers have successfully completed the first major maintenance check on a Boeing 777-300 using a new computer-controlled US$ 4.5m aircraft docking system recently installed at the airline`s Dubai International Airport maintenance base.



The massive custom-built 330-tonne facility gives engineers safe access to all areas of Emirates` multi-million dollar jetliners at up to 60 feet above ground. Built off-airport 14 kilometres from its final home, it was moved into place in the depths of the night.



Two giant trucks carried 14 separate components over specially closed roads to Emirates` giant hangar, where the pieces were assembled to create the new smart computer-controlled docking system.



This adjusts itself automatically to fit the differing profiles of Emirates` Boeing 777-200/300s and Airbus A300, A310 and A330s, plus many older aircraft, and will also house the latest long-range A340-500s entering Emirates service from next year.



As the world`s most versatile multi-aircraft dock, it will allow the Dubai-based international airline to compete for third-party maintenance work for customers throughout the region, helping to reinforce Dubai`s position as a global aviation hub.



Emirates already had a docking system at Dubai airport. The new, larger, facility has increased its heavy maintenance capabilities and opened the way to a major expansion of third-party engineering work.



Adel Al Redha, Head of Emirates Engineering, said: In today`s cost-conscious world, productivity is vital. Thanks to this new facility, docking an aircraft takes just 90 minutes, greatly improving our maintenance capability, and enhancing our appeal to external customers.



New maintenance facilities are also on the way for Emirates` new Airbus A380 double-decker fleet.

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