Extension of engine MRO partnership with Japanese airline StarFlyer
StarFlyer and Lufthansa Technik recently signed a long-term exclusive contract for MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services on the engines of the Japanese airline's Airbus A320ceo and A320neo fleets. Under the terms of the contract, Lufthansa Technik will provide StarFlyer with comprehensive technical support for CFM56-5B and LEAP-1A powerplants even into the next decade. The MRO company is thus further expanding its customer base for the modern CFM LEAP* engine in Asia.
StarFlyer has recently received its first LEAP-equipped Airbus A320neo and plans to begin operating it from July 4. It will be followed successively by two more of this type, which are scheduled to join the fleet in 2024 and 2025. The three A320neos complement the current fleet of ten active Airbus A320ceo, for whose CFM56 engines Lufthansa Technik will also provide a wide range of MRO services. These range from basic inspections, boroscopy, AOG support, on-wing troubleshooting, engine condition monitoring and engine parts repair to complete overhauls that restore the engines to “as good as new” condition.
“Lufthansa Technik has been an important partner for us to support our reliable operations of A320 fleet since March 2006 when we started our flight operations,” said Toshihiko Noguchi, Senior Vice President Engineering and Maintenance Division at StarFlyer. “I am looking forward to establishing a stronger and longer relationship between Lufthansa Technik and StarFlyer by this renewal of the Engine Maintenance Service Agreement which will support LEAP-1A engines as well.”
“StarFlyer is indeed one of our most loyal customers. Since March 2006, we have also been able to steadily expand our intensive cooperation, which already covers components, landing gears and engines,” explained Dennis Kohr, Senior Vice President Corporate Sales Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Technik. “With the now agreed exclusive engine MRO services, we are privileged to further extend this great partnership, for which we are very grateful to StarFlyer.”
*Lufthansa Technik is an authorized LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B Service Provider licensed by CFM International.