Lufthansa Technik Malta
The Airbus overhaul specialist in the network
Lufthansa Technik Malta (LTM) was established in 2002 as a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG (92 percent) and Air Malta (8 percent). The MRO service provider (maintenance, repair, overhaul), based at Malta International Airport in Luqa, provides its customers with line and base maintenance services for short-haul and long-haul aircraft in the Airbus A320, A330/340 and Boeing 737 series. The strategically favorable location in the Mediterranean region of southern Europe, with its proximity to Africa and to the Arabian Peninsula, gives Lufthansa Technik Malta a special role within the Lufthansa Technik Group.
The spectrum of services offered by Lufthansa Technik Malta has grown to encompass extensive airframe maintenance. This includes wide-ranging capabilities for structural and composites repairs, complex testing procedures and comprehensive cabin modernization programs such as the large cabin retrofit program for the Lufthansa long-haul fleet. The range of heavy airframe maintenance includes extensive D1-checks (A340-600) and D2-checks (A340-300) as well as narrowbody C-checks of high complexity with layover duration of up to 35 days.
Following the opening of a 64,000-square-meter hangar complex in 2009, the number of lines was expanded successively. Today, the Airbus overhaul specialist in the Mediterranean operates six lines in parallel, with capacity for a seventh line available on demand. The Lufthansa Technik Malta facility is also home to a Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services branch office.
In addition to workshops and offices, the hangar complex incorporates an in-house Technical Training Center for training aeronautical technicians and mechanics. Lufthansa Technik Malta operates the modern training facility in collaboration with the renowned Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). Lufthansa Technik Malta is certified by the American FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as well as numerous other administrative bodies.
The high quality standards, high cost efficiency and the shortest possible processing times make the facility well equipped to face the future. The company will be further expanding its product portfolio by 2021. The decision to add the A320neo and A350 to the portfolio has been made, with the A350 set to be introduced as early as the end of 2018.
What's more, an Innovation Bay was established at Lufthansa Technik Malta in the spring of 2018. The project focuses on reviewing state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft overhauls in the near future – from drone-based inspections of the aircraft skin to mobile 3D scanners to exoskeletons. The objective is that everything that proves itself in practice here will be integrated in the work process and rolled out to all other Lufthansa Technik base maintenance locations.