MRO: AMES expands its Dubai facility © AMES

| Alexandre Rocchi

MRO: AMES expands its Dubai facility

Aerostructures Middle East Services, a joint venture set up by AFI KLM E&M and Safran Nacelles, inaugurates the expansion of its Dubai MRO facility to develop its activity on GE90 jet engine fan stator modules.

To accommodate inspections and repairs performed on the four-meter-diameter GE90 FSMs

Aerostructures Middle East Services or AMES can finally develop its new activities: preventive maintenance inspections (PMIs) and associated repairs on fan stator modules (FSMs) for General Electric GE90 engines that equip Boeing 777 jetliners. “With this extension, the AMES operation in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone is doubling its workshop surface and workforce, enabling the company to accommodate inspections and repairs performed on the four-meter-diameter GE90 FSMs”, states the company. In particular, the expanded AMES facility is outfitted with ultrasonic inspection systems for the fan stator modules’ composite panels and metallic components. “The preventive maintenance inspections for GE90-100/115 fan cases are mandated by General Electric as the engine OEM, and are to be performed once they have accumulated 50,000 flight hours”, specifies the joint venture set up by Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Safran Nacelles.

AMES to boost its activity

The MRO service provider AMES did not wait for this facility expansion to carry out its first work on the GE90 fan stator modules. A first stator was delivered last November from a Middle Eastern customer. At that time, AMES pointed out that three other FSMs, having accumulated 50,000 flight hours, were being processed in its Dubai workshop whose dimensions and tools are adapted to the MRO of parts such as a two meters long and four meters in diameter FSM. With this newest capacity, AMES will be able to boost its activity.

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