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16 Feb

Vietjet inks deal to digitalize its fleet's technical information update process

New-aged carrier Vietjet and Lufthansa Technik today signed an agreement at Singapore Airshow to adopt AVIATAR's Technical Logbook, the seamless digital pilot-to-maintenance collaboration application.

The application will be equipped on Vietjet's entire fleet to replace manual and paper-based process of capturing technical issues during flight and on ground and improve data quality and speed as well as transparency. AVIATAR's Technical Logbook enables completion of flight logbook input and maintenance pre, during flight, and upon arrival as it is seamlessly integrated in Vietjet's maintenance and engineering system. Furthermore, the application's advanced features and enhanced back-end capabilities will lead to decreased turnaround times while increasing fleet's technical reliability and operational safety.

"Vietjet is our first AVIATAR Technical Logbook customer in Asia Pacific. The application will not only increase the airline's efficiency but also provide a new pool of real-time operational data which allows, for example, the MCC (Maintenance Control Center) to monitor and approve data flows," explained Zang Thio, Vice President Corporate Sales Southeast Asia and Indian Subcontinent at Lufthansa Technik. "Our solution is making a strong case as a second generation ETLB solution and we are proud that Vietjet will join us as a pioneer in Asia Pacific."

Vietjet has digitalized its operation with new aviation applications to support fleet maintenance and optimization for its entire fleet with up to 1,200,000 hours of safe operation, with on-time performance reaching over 90% and technical reliability standing at 99.64%. Vietjet has received the highest safety ranking of 7 stars by AirlineRatings since 2018 and hailed as one of top 10 safest and best low-cost airlines in the world.

Vietjet Vice President in charge of technical and maintenance, Nguyen Duc Thinh, said: "We are pleased to cooperate with Lufthansa Technik to further apply new technology in Vietjet's operation. This is another milestone in our digitalization revolution from cockpit to maintenance and to be expanded to all company sectors. The technical logbook will also help reduce environmental footprint as Vietjet looks to become a green and sustainable airline."

AVIATAR is the independent platform for digital products and services developed by Lufthansa Technik. The platform offers its users digital solutions ranging from predictive maintenance to automated fulfillment solutions.

Vietjet operates a comprehensive network in Vietnam and Asia Pacific. Weathering through the pandemic, the airline has resumed its domestic flight network and operated a series of international flights from and to Vietnam while looking to further expand operations across continents in the near future.


About Vietjet

The new-age carrier Vietjet has not only revolutionized the aviation industry in Vietnam but also been a pioneering airline across the region and around the world. With a focus on cost management ability, effective operations and performance, Vietjet offers flying opportunities with cost-saving and flexible fares as well as diversified services to meet customers' demands.

Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. As Vietnam's largest private carrier, the airline was awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars in 2018 and 2019 by the world's only safety and product rating website airlineratings.com and listed as one of the world's 50 best airlines for healthy financing and operations by Airfinance Journal in 2018 and 2019. The airline has also been named as Best Low-Cost Carrier by renowned organizations such as Skytrax, CAPA, Airline Ratings, and many others.

14 Feb

China Airlines extends contract for six years

China Airlines, the flag carrier of Taiwan, extends the Total Component Support (TCS) contract with Lufthansa Technik for another six years minimum. The agreement covers component support for the Airbus A330 fleet comprising of 23 aircraft. Lufthansa Technik also provides component services for their Airbus A350 fleet, including simulator components as well as Auxiliary Power Units.  

Jason Tsai, VP Engineering Division of China Airlines, said: "The reliable and high-quality services we have experienced since 2010 had convinced us to extend the contract.  A stable operation is crucial for us and Lufthansa Technik has proven to be a dependable partner." 

"We are thankful for our long-term and trustful relationship with China Airlines and are commited to exceed their expectations," said Konstantin Stathopoulos, VP Corporate Sales for North Asia at Lufthansa Technik.  


About China Airlines

The China Airlines Group was established in 1959 and its fleet today numbers 110 aircraft. China Airlines is the largest airline within the group, employing more than 10,000 people worldwide. It is ranked among the top five air cargo operators in the world, as well as being the first airline in Taiwan in terms of service frequency and size. China Airlines is one of 19 carriers that make up the Skyteam alliance, giving passengers access to an extensive global network of more than 15,445 daily flights to 1,036 destinations in 170 countries. China Airlines continues to promote a safe, high-quality flying experience, as well as eco-friendly, innovative and attentive services that provide travelers with the perfect journey and consignors with a reliable, convenient transportation service.

07 Feb

CFM56 maintenance for WestJet

WestJet has awarded its CFM56-7B engine maintenance program to Lufthansa Technik. This agreement provides WestJet with access to a wide range of services including overhaul capabilities and on-site maintenance support. Under a separate agreement, Lufthansa Technik has collaborated with FTAI Aviation to provide access to CFM56 modules and material to support this maintenance program. An important principle of this maintenance approach is the replacement of modules, which optimizes engine life and delivers a more environmentally sustainable program.  

"WestJet is excited to move forward in this new agreement with Lufthansa Technik in a dynamic new program to support our fleet. We are looking forward to working with this expanded relationship with Lufthansa Technik to provide excellent support and engine life cycle management. Further, working with a support organization that understands the airline perspective and needs, serves to enhance the value of support brought to the table. This is the result of a very competitive process started in January 2021 that resulted in Lufthansa Technik's team being awarded a contract that provides leading value and support through a team approach offering creative solutions," said Gandeephan Ganeshalingam, Vice President of Technical Operations, WestJet. 

"Lufthansa Technik is excited to be partnering with WestJet on one of their largest maintenance programs. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with them. Similarly, in subcontracting a third party supplier like FTAI, we are confident that we will be able to provide a high quality and reliable product at a competitive cost. One major pillar in our collaboration is that we will be able to, where appropriate, further optimize an engine's life. This results in high engine reliability and stable operations for WestJet." said Georgios Ouzounidis, VP Corporate Sales Americas at Lufthansa Technik.  

"We are proud to support our partner Lufthansa Technik on this unique CFM56 maintenance program for WestJet," said Joe Adams, FTAI's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, "As the CFM56 engine matures, we believe this program serves as a new blueprint for providing the most creative and cost effective aftermarket maintenance solution to the largest engine fleet in the world."

About WestJet  

Over 25 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline's Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium. 

About Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC 

Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC owns and acquires high quality infrastructure and equipment that is essential for the transportation of goods and people globally. FTAI targets assets that, on a combined basis, generate strong and stable cash flows with the potential for earnings growth and asset appreciation. FTAI is externally managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a leading, diversified global investment firm.

04 Feb

Soeren Stark to become new Chairman of the Executive Board

The Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik, Dr. Johannes Bussmann (53), will leave the Lufthansa Group at his own request later this year. After more than seven years in his current role and 10 years on the Executive Board, he will hand over leadership of the company to COO Soeren Stark (55).

Stark has been a member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik since 2019. He previously held a number of other executive functions at Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Technik. Subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board, he will assume his new role on 1 July 2022.

Johannes Bussmann assumed leadership of the world's leading provider of technical services in aviation in 2015 after overseeing human resources on the Executive Board for three years. After leaving Lufthansa Technik, he will become CEO of a major German technology company.

Johannes Bussmann said: "I look back with great gratitude on my years as Chairman of the Executive Board and my 23-year career at Lufthansa Technik. We have achieved great things during this time. I am really proud to have been a part of this success story and to have had the opportunity to lead this company over the past seven years. The time has come for me to take on new responsilities outside the aviation industry. It is a challenge that I am looking forward to tackling."

The chairman of Lufthansa Technik's Supervisory Board, Dr. Detlef Kayser, said: "I would like to thank Johannes Bussmann for his outstanding work at Lufthansa Technik. He and his team have led the company safely through the crisis. Above all, he played a special role in the success and growth story that Lufthansa Technik has written in recent years. I therefore wish him all the best for the future."

Bussmann, who holds a doctorate in engineering, began his career at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg in 1999 as a development engineer. After serving in various marketing and sales positions, he became head of the Component Supply business unit in 2007 and then of the Engine Services business unit in 2011. He was appointed to Lufthansa Technik's Executive Board in 2012. Bussmann implemented the company's growth and investment strategy. He also decisively drove the digitalization of the company and the development of digital products, most notably the AVIATAR digital platform for optimizing flight operations.

His appointed successor, Soeren Stark, joined Lufthansa Technik's Executive Board as Chief Operations Officer in January 2019. In this role, he is responsible for Technical Operations and Logistics. Previously, Stark headed the Executive Board department Operations at Lufthansa Cargo AG for three years. He began his career at Lufthansa Technik in 2004 as Managing Director of Lufthansa Technik Logistik in Hamburg. From 2011 to 2016, the industrial engineer headed the aircraft overhaul business at Lufthansa Technik AG.

Commenting on the appointment, Detlef Kayser said, "Soeren Stark has distinguished himself in various positions in our Group and achieved much. At Lufthansa Technik, he has demonstrated his abilities as an excellent manager as he developed our worldwide overhaul network and played a key role in the restructuring work performed during the corona crisis, among other areas. With his high level of expertise, experience and leadership, he will lead Lufthansa Technik successfully into the future."

Kayser also said the early succession arrangement would ensure continuity at the top of Lufthansa Technik. It is a decision that will enable the company to defend and expand its position as the world's leading provider of technical services, he noted.

20 Jan

CFM and Lufthansa Technik sign CBSA agreement on LEAP-1B engine services

Lufthansa Technik and CFM International (CFM) have concluded a LEAP-1B* CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA). Being effective since 1st January 2022, this CFM license enables Lufthansa Technik to offer the widest range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for CFM LEAP-1B engines.

Lufthansa Technik is the first independent MRO-provider worldwide to sign a CBSA for the LEAP-1B, enabling the company to offer high-quality, cost-efficient services for LEAP-1B engines to international customers. The LEAP-1B engine powers the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, of which more than 4,700 have been ordered to date. It is expected that up to 15,000 aircraft of this type will be operated worldwide in the future. As a consequence, this new agreement significantly strengthens Lufthansa Technik's position as one of the worldwide leading technical suppliers for narrowbody engines.

"With the new license, we have now taken a decisive step forward in the portfolio of our engine business. We are now able to overhaul, repair and offer mobile engine services on all relevant narrowbody engine types," said Dietmar Focke, Head of Engine Services at Lufthansa Technik. "We are very proud to further extend our existing, very successful partnership and collaboration with CFM and to add this state-of-the-art engine type to our existing capabilities for the CFM56 family and the LEAP-1A engines. On this occasion, I also would like to thank our partner CFM for the ramp-up support they will give us in the next months, so that we can offer our services for this great engine as soon as possible."

"CFM is grateful to have Lufthansa Technik as such an experienced and reputable MRO as part of our LEAP overhaul and repair network," said Gaël Méheust, President & CEO of CFM International. "This reinforces CFM's commitment to promote an open, competitive aftermarket landscape that will stimulate innovation, continuous improvement and the lowest cost of ownership over the product life cycle. We are confident that our customers will put their trust in Lufthansa Technik to provide the highest level of service for their LEAP fleets."

The CBSA includes extended licenses, access to repairs, and a strong technical cooperation. Under the terms of the agreement, Lufthansa Technik will continue to make use of its extensive knowhow of engine MRO and provide the full range of MRO services tailored specifically to customers' requirements and to the needs corresponding to the life cycle of the engine. The focus will be on developing new MRO services and optimizing the operating costs for the operators of the LEAP-1B engine. The services will range from engine overhaul and parts repair to on-wing support and engineering support. Lufthansa Technik is the only independent MRO provider worldwide that holds both a CBSA for the LEAP-1A** engine and for the LEAP-1B engine.


* LEAP engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.
** Lufthansa Technik is also an authorized LEAP-1A service provider licensed by CFM International.

19 Jan

New Heads of Corporate Sales for Europe and Eastern Europe & CIS

Daniel Hepworth and Andreas van de Kuil have taken over new management positions within Lufthansa Technik's Corporate Sales organization. Daniel Hepworth, who was until end of December 2021 GM Corporate Sales for UK, Ireland, France and BeNeLux, has become Head of Sales Europe, effective since 1 January 2022. At the same time, Andreas van de Kuil, former Director Customer Service and Sales Americas of Lufthansa Technik Component Services, has started as Head of Sales Eastern Europe & CIS.

Since 2016, Daniel Hepworth led a multinational team and was responsible for the development and implementation of the sales strategy for the UK, Ireland, France and BeNeLux. He has more than 20 years experience in international MRO sales,  including 14 years spent at Lufthansa Technik in various sales positions in Europe and North America.

Starting in 2009, Andreas van de Kuil held different positions in Lufthansa Technik's Corporate Sales organization and as CEO of Lufthansa Technik Vostok Services. In 2017, he joined Lufthansa Technik Component Services in the US. In his last function as Director Customer Service and Sales Americas, he was responsible for Customer Service, Operational Management, Key Account Management, Sales and Pricing.

Kai-Stefan Roepke, Vice President Corporate Sales Europe, Middle East and Africa at Lufthansa Technik said:  "I am very pleased that with Daniel and Andreas we have been able to recruit two very experienced and customer-oriented colleagues from our own ranks for these key positions in our largest market. Both already know their new areas of responsibility very well from their past activities and can therefore take on their new tasks without delay. This is particularly important, as it ensures that we remain close to our valued customers, growing with them as we come out of the pandemic."

13 Jan

Spairliners and Collins Aerospace in Poland agree to new evacuation slide repair contract

Collins Aerospace in Wroclaw, Poland has been awarded a first-time support agreement for evacuation slides by Spairliners, an independent component aftermarket service provider specialized in the support of the E-Jet aircraft family. Under the agreement, Collins will provide full test and inspection of evacuation systems, as well as repair, modification and replacement services. The operational and technical engineering support from the Collins Wroclaw facility offers efficient, fast and reliable services for all qualifying component and repair work, including access to loan and exchange units.

"This agreement ensures that the fleet of more than 200 E-Jets supported by Spairliners are maintained with the quality and consistency in evacuation slide service that Collins can provide," said Sean Lyons, Vice President of business development for Collins Aerospace. "With spare parts available and dedicated teams specializing in Collins' evacuation systems, our MRO network can quickly and efficiently finalize repairs, returning aircraft to service in a timely manner."

"We are looking forward to enhancing our network of partners and providers through this new partnership with Collins. This is part of our permanent search, within the MRO system, for the best solutions for our customers. Spairliners' agreement with Collins will ensure the timely supply of such critical parts as evacuation slides. Combined with our unique expertise in supply chain, engineering and smart inventory management, Collins' agility and experience will result in higher availability, faster turnaround times and thus better service for our customers," said Benoît Rollier, Spairliners' Managing Director and CFO.

The agreement was originally signed during the MRO Europe in Amsterdam and the 50th repair together was now celebrated during a site visit at the Collins Aerospace facility in Wroclaw, Poland.


About Spairliners

Spairliners GmbH was founded in 2005 as an equally split joint venture between Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Lufthansa Technik, with its headquarters located in Hamburg, Germany. The company offers flexible component services for the Embraer E-Jet Family, (E170/175 and E190/195 series) and the Airbus A380. Spairliners provides multiple services combined with engineering expertise. The services include component access, on-site stock lease, stand-alone repair, and asset optimization. As a market leader in integrated component care, Spairliners is a trusted and proven supplier to world-renowned airlines such as KLM Cityhopper, Air France HOP!, and Lufthansa CityLine. The company operates warehouses and logistic hubs in Paris, Frankfurt, Singapore, Miami, and Munich.


About Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp. is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers' toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

11 Jan

Austrian Airlines and Spairliners extend E-Jet component support contract

Spairliners, an independent component aftermarket service provider specialized in E-Jet aircraft family, and Austrian Airlines sign a flight hour agreement to extend the component support for Austrian Airline's E-Jet fleet.

Austrian Airlines and Spairliners have signed a long-term flight hour agreement to extend their business relationship for the component support of Austrian Airline's E-Jet fleet. Austria's leading airline currently operates 17 Embraer E195 aircraft. The contract includes access to Spairliners' comprehensive component pool, repair services via their extensive maintenance network across the globe, logistics, as well as a dedicated on-site stock at Austrian Airline's home base at Vienna Airport.

"We are very pleased to be selected by Austrian Airlines as their preferred partner for component support of their E-Jet fleet. At Spairliners, we provide our customers with reliable, future-oriented solutions that are fully customized to their requirements at very competitive terms. The renewal of our contract proves that our commitment to provide the best possible support to Austrian Airlines during the pandemic, with scalable solutions to suit their needs, further strengthened our long-standing, successful relationship", says Taco Stouten, Head of Sales and Marketing at Spairliners.

"Spairliners has proven to be a very reliable and competent partner to us, and we therefore continue to put our trust in them to provide full component support for our E-Jet fleet. We appreciate the flexible solutions and high level of collaboration they offered during the pandemic and look forward to working together with Spairliners in the future", says Wolfgang Dielacher, Head of Strategic Procurement Technics at Austrian Airlines.


About Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines is Austria's leading airline with a global route network of over 100 destinations.  Vienna Airport is located in the heart of Europe and is therefore the ideal starting point for travelling to Central and Eastern Europe. Austrian Airlines is part of Lufthansa Group, the biggest airline network in Europe and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global network of international airlines.

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15 Dec

Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey: 10 years of support for the CF34-10E engine

In December of this year, Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey (LTAA) marks 10 years of experience with the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the CF 34-10E engine – a type used in the Embraer 190 and 195 regional jets and the Embraer Lineage 1000 business jet. LTAA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik, added the CF34-1 and CF34-3 to its portfolio as early as 1991, and they were joined by the CF34-8 in 2002. Since then, LTAA's employees have supported over 550 CF34-10E shop visits and more than 270 on-site visits for customers.

In 2014, the 100th shop visit of a CF34-10E took place. Even if the engine manufacturer General Electric (GE) decided in early 2020 to discontinue new production of the 10E, its future prospects continue to be good, as Raimund Schnell, Vice President Marketing & Sales, explains: "More than 1500 CF34-10 engines are currently in operation around the world, and the 10E is currently experiencing a revival. We have up to 120 maintenance events per year, and we are assuming further growth in the coming years."

Prior to the introduction of the CF34 family's largest engine, which produces up to 20,000 pounds of thrust, the existing test bay had to be enlarged. What is more, preparations were needed for those engine modules that were likely the most maintenance-intensive parts for operators. Experience quickly revealed that the low-pressure turbine (LPT) in particular was showing signs of wear.  Thus LTAA developed an LPT Module Modification Program. At the heart of the program is the on-site removal of the LPT followed by a workshop repair – cost-effectively and with very short turnaround times: up to four days for the removal and reinstallation of the LPT module, plus up to nine days for the required changes to the module in the workshop. The entire process thus lasted just 14 days – as opposed to the more than 35 days required for a regular workshop visit. In addition, it was possible to dispense with the test run that otherwise would have been necessary. LTAA itself largely developed the tool sets needed to replace the module and procured the fixtures for removing and transporting the engine as well as the transport containers for the LPT module. The program was not limited to the facility in Alzey; LPT modules were removed and reinstalled at sites such as Beijing or Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. During the last expansion stage of the program, the LPT modules were even completely modified in Tulsa and no longer had to be transported to Alzey.

"In addition to the benefits for customers, the LPT Module Modification Program also enabled us to eliminate the backlog created by the delayed introduction of the CF34-10 at LTAA, and maintain our standing with respect to the competition," recalls Thomas Breit, Entry into Service Manager CF34-10 at LTAA.

In parallel, a "top and lower case procedure" for the compressor was developed with GE and introduced to deal with more sizable compressor damage. It considerably reduced the work needed for these repairs. The procedure was first carried out on-site for a customer in Australia, avoiding the transport of the engine all the way from Australia to Alzey.    

LTAA's long years of experience are valued by the engine's manufacturer, GE, as well as by customers: "Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey and Finnair have been collaborating on CF34 engine shop visits for several years successfully. As a customer, we especially appreciate the clear and transparent shop visit process and that there is good communication and seamless co-operation," notes Marko Anttila, Head of Continuing Airworthiness and Powerplant Management at Finnair. We require reliability, cost-effectiveness, and innovative thinking from our MRO suppliers, which we think Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey has provided very well. This has been essential during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic as well."

In addition, LTAA collaborates on the optimization of manuals and pursues an ongoing exchange with GE. The company also supports the OEM in short-term projects.   

10 Dec

First Airbus A321neoLR for the German Air Force arrives

Last night the first of two Airbus A321neoLR (Long Range) for the German Air Force arrived at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg. The aircraft bears the military registration 15+10. Its sister aircraft 15+11 will follow in the coming weeks. This marks the start of the cabin conversion of the two aircraft, carried out by the Original Equipment & Special Aircraft Services business unit, for various mission types such as troop transports, parliamentary flight operations and the MedEvac (medical evacuation) role. Delivery of the converted aircraft is scheduled for the second half of 2022.

With the Airbus A321neoLR, the German Air Force will receive a future-proof, modern passenger aircraft which can be deployed on short-, medium- and long-haul flights. With the installations made by Lufthansa Technik, the aircraft can be used in four different interior configurations. Their passenger transport capacity ranges up to 136.

Furthermore, either the transport of up to six intensive care patients or the transport of up to twelve slightly or moderately ill/injured patients as well as various mixed configurations for patient transport are possible. Lufthansa Technik will therefore supply twelve Patient Transport Units (PTUs) as well as two reserve units required for the MedEvac role to the German Armed Forces.

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