Founded in the late summer of 2007 and opened in October 2008, Lufthansa Technik Sofia (LTSF) is a joint venture company between Lufthansa Technik AG (75,1%) and the Bulgarian Aviation Group (24,9%). The Bulgarian company specializes in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of narrowbody aircraft in the Airbus A320 family and the Boeing 737 series (Classic and Next Generation). Lufthansa Technik Sofia is thus the fifth base in the Lufthansa Technik Group to specialize in the overhaul of short-and medium-or aircraft in Europe, after Lufthansa Technik's maintenance center in Berlin, Shannon Aerospace in Ireland, Lufthansa Technik Malta and Lufthansa Technik Budapest.
About 600 highly qualified staff work for the German-Bulgarian joint venture in a site that extends over a total area of 25,000 square meters. The modernized 6,000 square meters hangar can handle up to 24 overhaul checks (IL- and D-checks) per year, along with other maintenance work on narrowbody aircraft. Thanks to the use of state-of-the-art technologies it is even possible to paint aircraft in the hangar while overhaul work is being conducted in parallel. This saves valuable time that would otherwise be taken up with repositioning the aircraft in a separate paint shop. Lufthansa Technik Sofia is EASA Part 145-approved, the same approval under which the parent company, Lufthansa Technik also operates – another indication of the high standards of quality that are maintained within the company.
Within the first year after commissioning in October 2008, maintenance and overhaul work was carried out in Sofia on over 15 Airbus A319, A320, A321 and Boeing 737 aircraft. Lufthansa Technik Sofia's customers already include international airlines from West and East Europe and the USA.
With the foundation of Lufthansa Technik Sofia, another highly efficient company in the global MRO network of Lufthansa Technik AG has established itself on the market, offering excellent quality on competitive terms. This has been possible thanks to a combination of short layovers and a supply of mechanics and engineers who have received an excellent training from the local Civil Aviation Training Center in consultation with Lufthansa Technik. Here the staff of Lufthansa Technik Sofia benefit both from Bulgarian Aviation Group's long experience and the training expertise of Lufthansa Technik.
Thanks to the geographic location of Lufthansa Technik Sofia on the south-eastern edge of Europe, the facilities are well equipped to meet the future needs of the market in the region. On current forecasts, demand for maintenance services specifically for the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 is expected to rise steadily over the coming years. Not only are the existing fleets of the low-cost carriers of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa continuing to grow, but at the same time many East European airlines are upgrading their fleets to Western aircraft types.