Smart partnership with easyJet in Gatwick

Smart Partnership

Co-Creation with easyJet

A small MRO company of its own in a great network

easyJet is one of the dominat low-fare airlines in Europe. While we support easyJet with a range of traditional MRO services at different locations – line maintenance being one of them – our maintenance contract is something quite unique: Together we developed a new cooperation model which we call "Smart Partnership".

With a fleet of at least 55 aircraft, Gatwick (LGW) is the largest base for the low-fare airline. Here, we perform light base maintenance and AOG hangar support for the carrier's Airbus fleet as a part 145 maintenance organization.
"In a co-creation effort we developed a solution that in effect consists of practically making a small but effective MRO company available to the customer at Gatwick. The tasks are clearly assigned: easyJet supplies the hangar and infrastructure while Lufthansa Technik provides the part 145 expertise – maintenance staff, tooling and part 21 technical assistance when required", explains Karl Warren, Head of line maintenance UK and Ireland. Our staff of about 60 engineers on-site executes two so-called P-checks per night, seven days a week.

“Our partner helps us a lot to keep our planes in the air.”

Brendan McConnellogue, Head of Maintenance at easyJet

Innovative future

Brendan McConnellogue, Head of Maintenance at easyJet, points out, "Innovation is in easyJet's DNA – from our launch almost 20 years ago when we changed the way people fly to the present day where we lead the industry in digital, web, engineering and operational innovations to make travel more easy and affordable for our passengers."
With an eye to the future, easyJet has already made provisions for post-Brexit conditions. In July the airline was granted an Austrian Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and operating permit by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. Establishing easyJet Europe, a new airline, allows easyJet to ensure continuous operations across and within European countries even after the UK leaves the EU.

About easyJet

easyJet

Part145 services for easyJet in London

Since its foundation in 1995, easyJet has recorded phenomenal growth and economic success. The number of passengers has more than doubled in the past decade. The airline flies in a point-to-point model with 28 European bases. easyJet's successful business approach is based on a combination of several factors. Key elements are a high but comfortable number of seats per aircraft, a high load factor combined with high aircraft utilization. The backbone of the strategy is its young and homogenous fleet: easyJet operates A320 family aircraft only, including the new A320neo. This is a recipe for much simplified training and maintenance and reduced overall operational costs.