Rolls-Royce and Mubadala Development Company have released more details of the founding of a new Approved Maintenance Centre (AMC) in the Emirate. The first AMC, Delta TechOps, was announced in October 2015.
In building its Trent Service Network to support the growth of Trent engines, Mubadala will create a purpose-built facility that will carry out work on the Trent XWB that powers the Airbus A350 XWB.
According to Rolls-Royce, the Middle East region is forecast to have one of the world’s largest concentrations of Trent XWB engines with more than 20 per cent of the 1,600 sold to date due to be operated by airlines in the region, including the 62 A350s to be operated by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.”
Mubadala will also open a new manufacturing centre that will deliver parts for the Trent engine family.
The AMC will service up to 150 engines a year in a new facility located at the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park, which is expected to be operational in 2021. The AMC agreement will be finalised in the second half of 2016, and construction of the AMC facility is expected to begin as early as 2017.
The announcement follows the Strategic Framework Agreement signed at the Dubai Airshow in November 2013 to establish the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a key member of Rolls-Royce’s global network for maintenance and manufacturing.
Homaid Al Shemmari, Mubadala, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace & Engineering Services, said: “The creation of a new Approved Maintenance Centre and an engine component manufacturing facility are both key milestones in the creation of a leading global aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi, further driving economic diversification.”