Expanding the footprint in South America
Another of many examples that Lufthansa Technik is a true global leader in MRO of aircraft (maintenance, repair and overhaul) is a new partnership with which Lufthansa Technik is expanding its footprint in South America. “We are proud that we can now also welcome the Chilean JetSMART among our customers,” says Georgios Ouzounidis, Vice President Corporate Sales Americas at Lufthansa Technik. “It is an honour that we are now working with another major airline of the Indigo Partners Group.”
The contract with JetSMART runs for five years and includes extensive CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation) support and Aircraft Engineering Services, such as maintenance program support or modification and component management. The collaboration has already begun and will initially cover 25 Airbus A320 family aircraft. With the planned growth of the airline, the fleet is expected to increase rapidly until 2027. To ensure the best possible service, Lufthansa Technik has set up onsite support for the customer in Santiago de Chile.
“JetSMART appreciates the knowledge Lufthansa Technik has in regard to aircraft engineering services,” says Estuardo Ortiz, CEO at JetSMART. “We were looking not only for a supplier. We were looking for a partner that can support our growth, is flexible enough to adapt to our AOC setup and is providing safe and stable processes.”
After the first weeks of cooperation, both sides are very satisfied. “Engineering and CAMO are mission-critical areas,” says Christian Dieckert, Head of Engineering Services at Lufthansa Technik. “We are therefore very pleased with the trust JetSMART has placed in us and, of course, with the positive feedback we are receiving from our new partners.”
Founded in 2016, JetSMART Airlines is an ultra-low-cost airline with domestic operations in Chile, Argentina and Peru, and 77 routes throughout South America with services to Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay, and has carried more than 19 million passengers. JetSMART has a brand new fleet of Airbus A320s and A321s. JetSMART is part of the portfolio of the US fund Indigo Partners, as Frontier in the USA, Wizz Air in Europe, Volaris in Mexico, Lynx in Canada and Cebu Pacific in Asia. JetSMART customers benefit from an extensive point-to-point route network, including several SMART routes, connecting secondary cities on direct flights in the region and offering ultra-low fares. JetSMART is led by a top-notch team, multiple nationalities and many years of experience in the domestic and global airline market.