Spairliners

Joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and Air France

Spairliners is a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik (50 percent) and Air France Industries (50 percent). The company offers a comprehensive component support solution for A380 and Embraer E-170/175 and E-190/195 operators. The services include the provisioning and management of the spare parts inventory and overhaul and repair of components, together with the appropriate logistics. Overall Spairliners guarantees the availability of aircraft components where required and when required. Founded in 2005, the company is headquartered in Hamburg. Its materials management, customer service and aircraft on ground (AOG) support service, which offers rapid assistance with technical problems, are all based there. The operating center along with the central spare parts depot, the logistics platform and logistics management are located in Paris.

Spairliners has its own components pool, which it manages itself. Through integrated component support and permanent access to the pool of spare parts, the company offers security of supply not just for small fleets but also for the A380 or E-Jet fleet segments of large airlines. Thus, in 2009 Spairliners successfully took over component support for the first Airbus A380 of the Australian airline, Qantas Airways, and hence was running the operation even before the first A380 was delivered to the parent companies of the joint venture, Air France and Lufthansa, who have received their first A380 aircraft in October 2009 and May 2010. In 2013, Spairliners added an equal spectrum of services for the E-Jet family to its portfolio.

The repair of components is divided between the new E.O.L.E. (Entretiens et Opérations Logistiques Equipement, maintenance and operative equipment logistics) components overhaul center of Air France Industries, near Paris Orly airport, and Lufthansa Technik's component workshops in Hamburg. Operators are kept supplied worldwide through an efficient, air freight-based spare parts supply network in the Paris region, assisted by Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

Spairliners prides itself on offering customers everything that they need from a single source. This makes it possible to significantly reduce the administrative overhead involved in the provisioning of components both at the home base and also at the destination airports of the operators. A further boost to efficiency has been achieved by the introduction of a SAP-based IT solution for supply management in 2007. Data is now exchanged over the internet with partners' IT systems and user-friendly communication with customers is offered. As a young company, Spairliners wants to establish itself still more firmly on the global market and hopes to convince other A380 and E-Jet operators of its reliability and the high component and equipment availability that it offers.