Rolls-Royce has confirmed plans to establish an approved maintenance centre (AMC) in Abu Dhabi, as part of a project with the Mubadala Development Company to form an aerospace hub in the Emirates state.
The AMC will be part of the UK-based engine maker’s Trent Services Network and will be the second facility in which Rolls-Royce holds no equity after the Delta TechOps AMC was established in October 2015.
It will provide maintenance services on the Trent XWB, the engine option for the A350. The Middle East is home to around 20 per cent of the A350s currently sold with 62 of the aircraft on the books at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad.
The agreement, signed at the Farnborough Airshow on Wednesday (July 13), will also see Mubadala open a new manufacturing centre where it will make parts for the Trent engine family.
Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, president – civil aerospace, said: “The creation of a new Trent XWB approved maintenance centre, alongside manufacturing capability in the UAE, further demonstrates our commitment to this region, which is now so critical to the growth of our business.”