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Inside the $350 million Emirates complex designed to fix the Airbus A380 superjumbo

Business Insider Logo By Benjamin Zhang of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 21: Emirates has the largest fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s in the world.Emirates Engineering is tasked with keeping the fleet operating safely and effectively.Here's a look inside its facilities at Dubai International Airport. Over the past three decades, Emirates has become a global aviation powerhouse. The airline, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, now operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s. The tally includes 102 Airbus A380s, five times as many as the next largest operator of the superjumbo. And Emirates has committed to as many as 77 more of the planes. It also operates more than 160 Boeing 777 airliners, meaning roughly 12% of all Boeing 777s produced over the past 25 years currently fly wearing Emirates livery. The people tasked with keeping these planes operating safely and effectively are Emirates Engineering, the airline's maintenance arm. Emirates Engineering handles things like routine line or engine maintenance, comprehensive checks that require the disassembly of the airplane, cabin modifications, and aircraft-upgrade projects. Emirates even has a paint shop where it can do custom liveries and decals. The successful organization is built on a team-focused culture of "when in doubt, ask for help," and an understanding of the importance of preventative maintenance. Emirates Engineering is in a complex of hangars, engineering shops, and an office building at the northern edge of Dubai's airport. The $350 million facility opened for business in 2006. Business Insider recently took a tour of the Emirates Engineering facility:

  • Over the past three decades, Emirates has become a global aviation powerhouse. The airline, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, now operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s.

    The tally includes 102 Airbus A380s, five times as many as the next largest operator of the superjumbo. And Emirates has committed to as many as 77 more of the planes.

    It also operates more than 160 Boeing 777 airliners, meaning roughly 12% of all Boeing 777s produced over the past 25 years currently fly wearing Emirates livery.

    The people tasked with keeping these planes operating safely and effectively are Emirates Engineering, the airline's maintenance arm.

    Emirates Engineering handles things like routine line or engine maintenance, comprehensive checks that require the disassembly of the airplane, cabin modifications, and aircraft-upgrade projects. Emirates even has a paint shop where it can do custom liveries and decals.

    The successful organization is built on a team-focused culture of "when in doubt, ask for help," and an understanding of the importance of preventative maintenance.

    Emirates Engineering is in a complex of hangars, engineering shops, and an office building at the northern edge of Dubai's airport. The $350 million facility opened for business in 2006.

    Business Insider recently took a tour of the Emirates Engineering facility. (Click ahead)
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