Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies
Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and Mubadala Aerospace
Mubadala Aerospace is constructing a large aerospace industry, including component and engine manufacturing, MRO, pilot training and education & training initiatives. The company is also building an advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing facility and is collaborating with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies to establish a component and engine leasing company. Both companies are working on the development of integrated maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) services. The companies plan to make the aircraft a reality for a number of clients, including Etihad Airways and the United Arab Emirates.
Mubadala Aerospace GE
The partnership between GE and Mubadala Aerospace is a significant milestone for the UAE-based aerospace company. The two companies have long collaborated on advanced technologies and equipment, and the agreement between GE and Mubadala brings a new capability to the region. The GE-sponsored ADAT facility will produce engines for the GE90 aircraft, bringing the world’s first GE-made engine to the Middle East.
GE Aviation will provide technical training and support to Mubadala Aerospace’s MRO affiliates. The company will also supply GE engines, and will build a network of maintenance facilities for its GEnx engines. The deal will increase Mubadala’s reach as an MRO provider. According to a GE-sponsored news release, aircraft maintenance and repair costs accounted for 31 percent of Mubadala’s total revenues in 2018.
Mubadala Aerospace has forged partnerships with world-class aviation companies and manufacturing bases to diversify its economy. Through these relationships, Mubadala has forged global alliances with world-class companies to increase its ability to compete globally. By combining the expertise of local Emirati talent with GE’s expertise, the two companies are able to better serve customers. By combining their expertise and resources, Mubadala has built a global presence in aircraft manufacturing.
The sustainability programme of Etihad Airways includes cutting down on the carbon footprint of its fleet and driving sustainable practices across the airline’s operations. For instance, the airline works with its guests to reduce their luggage size, rewarding them when they pack light. It also uses advanced aircraft technologies such as eco-friendly dishware and lightweight cutlery. The airline plans to implement these technologies on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners by 2021.
In addition to commercial aviation, Etihad Airways also operates a cargo service and holiday company. The company has 11 line maintenance stations around the world, where its teams travel to provide maintenance and repair services for Etihad Airways aircraft. The company’s maintenance facility is the first port of call for the fleet, including its equity-owned partners and legacy capability such as 767s. To further improve service quality, Etihad Airways employs local engineers.
The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s. The airline has ordered several Airbus A320 aircraft in the next few years. Etihad uses advanced technologies to ensure its aircraft’s reliability and safety. Currently, the airline flies ten Airbus A380 and approximately 38 Boeing B787 aircraft. It has also deployed eTech logs, an electronic logbook, on its Boeing 777 freighters.
The mission of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies is to provide the aviation industry with a comprehensive set of technical systems and services. These services include commercial aircraft maintenance and overhaul, engine, avionics, cabin maintenance, and production planning. Abu Dhabi also offers technical systems and services for other commercial aviation sectors, including emergency response services, offshore oil and gas support, and aerial construction, seismic support, firefighting, and third-party aircraft maintenance. Today, Abu Dhabi Aviation operates 58 commercial aircraft, including helicopters, and employs more than a thousand employees.
The strategic change process at Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies is being evaluated to determine whether the company can continue to provide its services in this competitive business environment. In addition, the company is studying the impact of strategic change on performance. The company has a number of strategic options to consider and is committed to evaluating each of them. Despite these risks, the future of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies looks bright. With a focus on commercial aviation, the company is well-positioned to sustain its current growth while meeting the needs of aircraft operators.
During the last year, the UAE has been making strides in the aerospace sector. The country has signed agreements with GE, Boeing, Airbus, and Engine Alliance network partners for the development of a composite aerostructures manufacturing facility, and an integrated MRO service center. These contracts will help Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies to service the growing fleet of GE engines in the MENA region. UAE aerospace firms are now a significant global player, as they are able to leverage the UAE’s strong economy to support its own commercial aviation sector.