Emirates Engineering has successfully accomplished the first complete replacement of landing gear on the first Emirates Airbus A380 to have its entire landing gear system replaced at one time.
The process of changing all the landing gears was completed in 14 days. For the duration of the replacement work, the entire aircraft was lifted on jacks to support the body of the aircraft.
Two additional Airbus A380 aircraft from Emirates’ fleet are scheduled to undergo a complete change of landing gear systems over 2018.
Comprising five sets of landing gear – two under the wings, two under the body and one nose landing gear – the work was planned and executed in-house, at the Emirates Engineering hangars in Dubai.
Every Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft has a landing gear system with a total of 22 landing wheels.
In addition to the wheels, the landing gear mechanism of the aircraft includes the gear extension and retraction systems, braking and steering controls, and other monitoring systems.
The landing gear of the commercial aircraft can support a weight of close to 570 t on take-off and over 390 t on landing.
“The first complete replacement of landing gears on our Airbus A380 aircraft is an important milestone for us. This and other similar achievements by the Emirates Engineering team reflects the degree of planning, preparation and expertise that go behind the successful execution of complex projects such as this one,” said Emirates senior VP for engineering maintenance Mohammad Jaffar Nasser.
He adds that by extending Emirates’ services to third-party airlines, the company shares its expertise and enhanced engineering procedures globally.
In addition to investments in infrastructure and facilities, including specialised tools, the Emirates Engineering team worked closely with a team of suppliers – Airbus, Field International, UTAS and Safran – to plan and execute the landing gear replacement.
Emirates Engineering operates extensive facilities in Dubai, including six heavy maintenance hangars capable of conducting C-Checks on the Airbus A380, as well as the world’s largest dedicated aircraft painting facility, to maintain Emirates’ fleet of over 260 Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.
Emirates Engineering also offers maintenance, repair and overhaul services to external parties leveraging off its experience of being the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777 aircraft.