Engine Alliance and Emirates finalise engine maintenance agreement

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Emirates and the Engine Alliance have firmed up a GP7200 engine maintenance deal that was initially announced almost two years ago at the Dubai Air Show.

The fleet management agreement is valued at more than $3 billion, and entails Engine Alliance managing the aftermarket services for the GP7200 that powers the Emirates A380 fleet.

Engine Alliance-a joint venture between GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney-says it plans to utilize the maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities of both companies as well as other facilities in its support network, including the Emirates site in Dubai.

Emirates launched its first GP7200-powered A380 in August of 2008, and took delivery of its fifth aircraft in April. "With 58 A380s and more than 250 GP7200 engines on order, Emirates is positioned to operate the largest A380 fleet in the world," says Engine Alliance.

Engine Alliance recently shipped the first spare propulsor to Emirates. A propulsor includes all the engine components except for the fan, which allows the fan module to use the spare propulsor while another is being repaired. The company reasons using a propulsor instead of a full engine featuring a fan helps reduce costs in managing spares.