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QA’s new engine facility inaugurated

QA’s new engine 
facility inaugurated

Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti inaugurated the new Qatar Airways Engine Facility on Wednesday.
The inauguration of the new 9,000 square- foot engine facility, located at Qatar Airways Technical Maintenance Complex, was part of Qatar Airways’ vision of lowering maintenance costs by more than $2.2 mn a year, to support the carrier’s growth despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is estimated the new facility will enable the airline to improve workflow by over 1,800 man hours per month, or 23,400 man hours per year, by centralising its engine production and engine parts storage processes, increasing the number of its engine production lines from four to eight covering a variety of aircraft engine types.
In addition to this, the ultramodern facility is able to house a total of 80 engines of varying sizes in a temperature and humidity controlled- environment, with two specialist dust control rooms to limit the presence of dust and harmful particles, as well as a dedicated supply chain area to minimise waiting times for the ordering and transportation of spare parts.
Commenting on the occasion, Al Sulaiti said this achievement will boost the ongoing growth of the aviation industry in Qatar and contribute to localising that major industry.
This event also keeps pace with the remarkable development in transportation sector in the country in light of the upsurge in development under the country’s wise leadership.
He added that the nation’s milestones in the field of aviation industry have increased despite the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said Hamad International Airport (HIA) has continued winning awards as the best airport in the world in terms of efficiency, service and amenities for travelers and Qatar Airways has ranked first and won several global awards.
The minister stressed that Qatar will build on that work and will carry out several projects in the future to keep pace with developments in aviation industry, which is one of the most advanced industries in the world, towards a promising future and an advanced country that takes its position among world countries, until reaching the horizons of Qatar National Vision 2030.
For his part, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said, “The continuous improvement and expansion of our Technical Maintenance facilities is a key element in supporting the airlines’ ongoing efforts to rebuild our global network to more than 140 destinations by the summer peak season.”
“With the new engine facility, we have not only created one of the most technologically-advanced engine assembly and disassembly facilities available within the commercial aviation industry to date, but also doubled our engine production capabilities,” he added.
Al Baker also stressed that the facility’s extensive dedicated supply chain area also means that the carrier will have instant access to a ready supply of engine parts and equipment, reducing the company’s reliance on external suppliers and further supporting the reliability and technical capability of Qatar Airways fleet of next-generation aircraft.