Emirates Airlines Selects IFS Applications

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, recently announced that Emirates, an airlines with one of the youngest fleets in the sky, has selected IFS Applications 8 to manage its new engine overhaul facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Emirates is one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world, flying to 132 destinations in 77 countries across six continents.

The airline operates 198 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircrafts and has orders for an additional 200 aircrafts, worth more than $71 billion (USD). In 2011, the airline announced the construction of Asia’s most technically sophisticated engine overhaul facility in Dubai. The facility will cover 90,000 square meters and will serve as Emirates’ in-house engine overhaul facility. IFS Applications will support all operations at the overhaul facility, which, when fully operational, will service up to 300 engines per year.

The solution includes IFS’ Complex Assembly MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) feature, which has previously been delivered to Finnair and Alitalia Maintenance Systems (in addition to IFS’ similar activities with many defense organizations worldwide). The solution also offers advanced corporate performance management (CPM) capabilities and integrated support for finance and human resources (HR). The contract includes licenses and services worth in excess of $6 million (USD), and the implementation is slated for completion in the first half of 2014.

The competition for this deal was fierce as expected, whereby some stalwart MRO solutions reportedly did not even make it to the shortlist. While the airline company doesn’t want to publicly reveal the names of participants, it is not that difficult to round up the usual suspect contenders in the region: SAP, Oracle, IBM Maximo, ABB Ventyx-Mincom, Ramco Systems, etc. (but I might always be wrong).
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