Dr. Burkhard Andrich, currently senior vice president of aircraft component services at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, will take over as president and CEO of Manila-based Lufthansa Technik Philippines. The joint venture with Philippine aviation service provider MacroAsia has a staff of 2,700 and offers MRO services focusing on base maintenance checks for Airbus aircraft. Andrich studied mechanical engineering and completed his education with a doctoral degree. He has been at Lufthansa Technik since 1992.
One of Lufthansa Technik’s fastest-growing activities in the Middle East is the Lufthansa Technik Middle East Services (LTMES) facility here in Dubai. LTMES brings together all the capabilities offered by the parent group and makes them available from one regionally focused location.
Cabin MRO, completions and refurbishment giant Lufthansa Technik (Booth 1031) is expanding its innovation engineering capability at its base in Hamburg, Germany. This year, according to Andrew Muirhead, who runs the Innovation Business Unit, the 55-person core team will be boosted by seven additional posts, and further staff positions will be required in 2014 and 2015.
Lufthansa Technik Switzerland in Basel has been unable to sustain its operations and will be closing its two line maintenance and logistics services businesses at the end of April.
“We will no longer have any operations at Basel Airport. We’re leaving the facility permanently,” a spokesman for the MRO told AIN. According to the company, the plant closure will lead to 31 job terminations, though another 29 employees will transfer to Swiss at the Basel site.
Lufthansa Technik Switzerland (LTSW) in Basel will undergo extensive restructuring to concentrate exclusively on line maintenance, light base maintenance and logistics services for its customers at Euro Airport. The company plans to reduce its 304-employee workforce to 82.
Lufthansa Technik is opening a new sales office in Istanbul. According to the MRO, Turkey is one of the 10 countries worldwide growing most strongly and leads growth in Europe. “With fifteen airlines within a single country, Turkey offers us great potential. We want to be a reliable partner to our customers, and geographic proximity plays an important role in that regard,” said Wolfgang Weynell, vice president of marketing and sales at Lufthansa Technik.
Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) has opened a third hangar in Manila for work on widebody aircraft. LTP, a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and the Philippine MacroAsia Corp., invested $30 million in the construction of the new 91,500-sq-ft hangar, which has a ceiling height of more than 100 feet, large enough for an Airbus A380. The new hangar offers space to work on one widebody and two narrowbody aircraft simultaneously.
Lufthansa Technik and NAS-Holding of Saudi Arabia are expanding their relationship. Since the two companies signed a 10-year cooperation agreement in September 2010 Lufthansa Technik has supported NAS’s technical business, NAS-Tech, in developing capacity for maintenance and smaller overhauls. Lufthansa Technik has also taken over maintenance services for the engines and components of the entire NAS fleet.
Hamilton Sundstrand, a supplier in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program, and Lufthansa Technik have signed a long-term contract calling for the German maintenance facility to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services on Hamilton Sundstrand’s components for the Boeing 787. The agreement also designates Lufthansa Technik as an official member of Hamilton Sundstrand’s Boeing 787 MRO supplier network.
Germanwings and Lufthansa Technik have signed a contract for technical services to support the airline’s fleet of 30 Airbus A319s. The contract includes a Lufthansa Technik fleet manager based at the airline’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany, who will act as the single point of contact for all operational issues.
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