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AMES expands its Dubai facility for maintenance and repair work on GE90 jet engine fan stator modules

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 24, 2020

Aerostructures Middle East Services (AMES) today inaugurated the expansion of its Dubai facility in the United Arab Emirates, which is dedicated to maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work for aircraft nacelles, aerostructures and large engine components.

The building extension provides additional capacity for AMES’ newest activity: preventive maintenance inspections (PMIs) and associated repairs on fan stator modules 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 fan stator modules. In particular, the expanded AMES facility is outfitted with modern resources – including 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 GE as the engine original equipment manufacturer, and are to be performed once they have accumulated 50,000 flight hours.

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“AMES is extremely well-positioned for new business opportunities: unique in having one of its owners, Safran Nacelles, as a leading original equipment manufacturer; and the other, AFI KLM E&M, as an industry reference for airline maintenance, repair and overhaul.”

Thierry Baud

AMES’ co-General Manager

Maintenance, repair and overhaul activity is offered by AMES for countries in the Middle East, Persian Gulf and Indian peninsula, which is a region representing one of the largest concentrations of Boeing 777. AMES is a joint venture of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Safran Nacelles. In 2020, the joint venture is celebrating its10 years of operations.

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“We look forward to the next 10 years – and beyond – with confidence, benefitting from AMES’ proximity to airline operators in our region, as well as our company’s nacelle and aerostructure capabilities for such growing airliner fleets as the A320neo and A330neo.”

Jean-François Verkindre

AMES co-General Manager

About AMES

A joint venture set up by Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Safran Nacelles in 2010, AMES is a key player in the MRO market, specialising in overhaul and repair services for nacelles, radomes, engine fan stator modules, as well as all metallic and composite parts of an aircraft. Located in Dubai, at the operational crossroads of key Middle East airlines and close to operators on the Indian sub-continent, AMES offers the MRO expertise of a leading OEM, delivering highly effective, rapid-response aircraft maintenance and repair solutions for nacelles, aerostructures and composite parts.

About Safran Nacelles

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 95,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices. Safran Nacelles is a world leader for aircraft nacelles and an active player in after-market services, with over 23,000 products in service, and over 140,000 daily flight hours. The company is active in all segments of the market, from regional jets and corporate aircraft to the largest airliners.

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