Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) today unveiled details for the world’s first GE and Engine Alliance network partner Overhaul Shop and Test Cell Facility for the GEnx and GP7200 models, located in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Design of the new facility is underway with ground breaking planned for Q1 2011.

It is expected that the test cell and shop will be ready by Q1 2013 and will support the growing fleet of GE engines in the MENA region. As part of the GE and Mubadala agreement signed in 2009, GE has been supporting ADAT in the design and construction of this facility to meet the industry’s global regulations, through providing the necessary expertise during the development phase.

In addition to the GEnx and GP7200, the facility will also service the GE90 engines. ADAT is owned by Mubadala Aerospace and forms a key part of plans to establish Abu Dhabi as an integrated global aerospace hub.

Mubadala has formed partnerships with the world’s leading aerospace companies to develop the industry in Abu Dhabi. The new ADAT engine facility forms part of GE and Mubadala’s 2009 agreement that expands GE’s global network of engine maintenance, repair and overhaul providers in the Middle East and further advances Mubadala’s plans to build a global MRO network centered in Abu Dhabi.

Today’s announcement represents the next step in the Mubadala Aerospace GE partnership, which since formation has seen ADAT and SR Technics benefitting from enhanced technical and material support for the CF6 and CFM56 engines, and significantly, ADAT establishing GE90 on-wing support capability and is currently GE’s middle east on-wing support partner for this engine.

Homaid Al Shemmari, Chairman of ADAT and Executive Director Mubadala Aerospace, said: “Today’s announcement is an important milestone for our MRO plans and another example of the strength of the Mubadala GE relationship. The ADAT facility will be a world first GE and Engine Alliance facility and brings significant new capability to the region.”

Muhammad Al-Lamadani, GM Eastern Europe, ME and CIS , GE Aviation commented “ GE Aviation has been in cooperation with ADAT for two decades, and we are delighted to enhance our relationship and MRO network with Mubadala.”

Source: Press Release (ADAT & GE)