bmi Enhances Commitment with Lufthansa Technik

British airline group bmi is to further expand its cooperation with Lufthansa Technik with the signing of two new agreements. The first sees bmi and Lufthansa Technik extend the base maintenance agreement for 41 aircraft the second is a new partnership for line maintenance support at London Heathrow airport.

Lufthansa Technik will continue to supply base maintenance services for the 41 aircraft of the complete bmi and bmibaby fleets which consist presently of 25 Airbus A320 family aircraft, two Airbus A330 and 14 Boeing 737 aircraft. More than 200 C-Checks, which will vary in scope and can be individually configured through a fixed price building block concept, will be performed during the next seven years. In addition, the parties have agreed on a "dedicated single line" concept, where the aircraft will be overhauled nose-to-tail in primary facilities within the Lufthansa Technik Group. The A320 fleet will be overhauled at Shannon Aerospace (SAL), the 737 aircraft at Lufthansa Technik Sofia (LTSF) and the A330 aircraft at Lufthansa Technik Malta (LTM) thus taking full advantage of efficiency gains.

The Line Maintenance contract opens a new chapter in the cooperation between the companies. The engineering organisation of bmi, Lufthansa Technik and its subsidiary Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) are teaming up to provide an even more comprehensive and cost effective service not only for Lufthansa German Airlines and bmi but also for present and future external line maintenance customers at London Heathrow airport. The capabilities comprise of line maintenance up to (and including) A-Checks for narrow- and wide-body aircraft. This partnership will be promoted under the newly developed brand "bmi, partner of Lufthansa Technik".

"The extension of the existing base maintenance contract is an indication of how satisfied we are with Lufthansa Technik's performance", said Dave Exon, Head of Engineering of bmi. "With the new partnership we have also built a new platform upon which we can further develop the cooperation between our companies well into the future."

Wolfgang Weynell, Vice President Marketing & Sales at Lufthansa Technik added: "With the signing of these two agreements, Lufthansa Technik is pleased not only to continue to support bmi as a valued customer for base maintenance services but also to be able to work together with bmi as a respected partner in Heathrow. We are convinced that both of us will profit in many respects."

bmi: bmi is the second largest airline at London Heathrow, one of the world's busiest an best-connected international airports. From the Heathrow hub bmi operates services in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, central Asia and Africa. bmi is committed to using technology such as E-ticketing, Online Booking, Self Check-in at the airport and via the internet, helping to smooth and speed up the pre-flight experience. This, combined with streamlined behind-the-scenes processes and procedures, means the airline can boast one of the best punctuality records in the UK. bmi is part of the Lufthansa family of airlines, bringing bmi closer and even stronger partnerships with some of Europe's major carriers.

About Lufthansa Technik: The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and about 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading manufacturer-independent providers of services for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik is licensed internationally as a repair, production and development enterprise. The Group's portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.