Qantas has entered into a 10-year contract with Manila-based Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) for the “base maintenance” (heavy maintenance) of its Airbus A380 fleet.
Base maintenance, in airline terms, consists of the major engineering checks, such as the “C check” performed about once every two years, and the “D check”, the most comprehensive and demanding check for an aircraft, performed about once every six years.
An email to the Qantas supply chain from chief Rick Fraccaro said the agreement was “a continuation of the good work LTP have performed in support of our A380 maintenance program”.
It would “secure the airline access to maintenance slots in what will become a capacity constrained MRO [maintenance, repair and overhaul] market for the A380 fleet as they age”.
Based at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, LTP was founded in 2000 as a joint venture by Lufthansa Technik AG and Philippine aviation service provider MacroAsia Corporation.
“Lufthansa Technik Philippines offers a wide range of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to customers worldwide,” the LTP website says.
“The company focuses on base maintenance checks for the A319/A320, A330/A340 and A380 types of aircraft. It has 11 hangar bays and workshops which have been designed according to the latest industry standards in order to support aircraft maintenance, major modifications, cabin reconfigurations, engine maintenance and painting for the A319/A320, A330/A340, A380 and B747-400 and B777 aircraft.
“With our developed expertise on Airbus aircraft, we have expanded our capability to include base maintenance on the latest Airbus aircraft – the A380 – to our portfolio.”
In April last year, LTP welcomed back AirAsia X as the Malaysian carrier renewed its contract for base maintenance.LTP also carries out base maintenance for Virgin Australia, and for a swag of airline customers spanning the world. They include Philippine Airlines, Austrian, Lufthansa, Air Mauritius, Cathay Pacific, BMI, Air Calin, Jet Airways, Gulf Air, Air Tahiti Nui, Virgin Atlantic, Dragonair, Vladivostok Air, IndiGo, Jetstar, LAN, Air Asia Zest, Kuwait Airways, Asiana Airlines, Swiss, AirBerlin, Solomon Airlines, VietJet Air, Air France and British Airways.
Source: E Global Travel Media |Written by: Peter Needham