Dubai - Five suspension sets, 22 wheels, thousands of working hours. Emirates Engineering has replaced the entire landing gear of an Airbus A380 in Dubai for the first time.
The Dubai-based airline operator says that the operation is a first for its engineering teams, 14 days and thousands of hours of work needed to change the front end and the four main trains of the superjumbo registered A6-EDF- two located under the fuselage and two under the wings.
In addition to the 22 wheels, the landing gear mechanism of the A380 includes train extension and retraction systems, brake and steering controls, and other monitoring systems. During the whole work, the entire aircraft was raised on jacks to support the body of the superjumbo.
Emirates points out that the landing gear of the largest commercial aircraft in the world can carry a weight of nearly 570 tonnes on takeoff and more than 390 tonnes on landing.
The first complete replacement of the landing gear on our Airbus A380 is an important step for us. This and other similar achievements of the Emirates Engineering team reflect the degree of planning, preparation, and expertise that accompanies the success of complex projects such as this one,said Mohammad Jaffar Nasser in a statement, Senior Vice President at Emirates Engineering.
By expanding our services to third-party airlines, we share our expertise and improve engineering procedures globally,he added.
Emirates Engineering team worked closely with Airbus, Field International, UTAS, and Safran, to plan and execute the replacement of the landing gear.
Two more Emirates Airbus A380s are expected to undergo a complete change in landing gear by the end of 2018.
Emirates Engineering operates modern and extensive facilities in Dubai, including six heavy maintenance hangars capable of making C-Check on the A380, and the world's largest aircraft paint facility to maintain a fleet of more than 260 Airbus aircraft A380 and Boeing 777.
Emirates Engineering also provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services to external customers, leveraging its experience as the world's largest A380 operator.