Flydubai made a significant announcement today during the Dubai Airshow, unveiling plans for a state-of-the-art Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Dubai South. The USD 190 million purpose-built facility is set to become operational by the end of 2026.
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The signing ceremony, held at the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH), was attended by key figures including His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South; Tahnoon Saif, CEO of MBRAH; and Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai.
Construction of the new hangar and workshop is scheduled to commence in the coming year, with completion expected by the last quarter of 2026. This strategic move is anticipated to provide flydubai with greater control over its maintenance requirements, aligning with the airline’s growth strategy and commitment to operational excellence.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai, expressed pride in the plans for the MRO facility, emphasizing its importance in the airline’s journey and Dubai South’s dynamic aviation ecosystem.
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Executive Chairman Khalifa Al Zaffin highlighted the facility’s contribution to enhancing the aviation industry’s growth and sustainability, reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global aviation hub.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, underscored the significance of the MRO facility in advancing the airline’s capabilities and supporting Dubai’s economic and aviation vision.
Mick Hills, COO at flydubai, elaborated on the operational benefits, emphasizing that the in-country MRO facility would result in cost reductions, quicker fleet maintenance turnaround, and increased control over maintenance tasks, ultimately enhancing operational reliability.
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Flydubai has been steadily expanding its in-house capabilities, receiving CAR-145 Base Maintenance Approval in 2022, allowing the airline to perform C Checks and Entry-into-Service for its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The carrier’s proactive approach includes a recruitment drive to ensure a skilled workforce for the MRO facility’s opening in 2026.
Currently operating 80 Boeing 737 aircraft, flydubai is poised to receive more than 150 additional aircraft by 2030, solidifying its commitment to growth and excellence in the aviation industry. The MBRAH, serving as a global aerospace hub, offers investment opportunities and aligns with Dubai’s vision of becoming a leading aviation hub.