Lufthansa Technik AG and Wizz Air have extended the scope of their already close cooperation to Romania and the Czech Republic.
According to a new five-year-contract, Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) provides the largest Central and Eastern European low cost low fares airline with line maintenance services up to and including A-checks for eight Airbus A320s based in Bucharest, Timisoara and Cluj. A further two A320s based in Prague are to be included in the agreement by February.
In line with the new agreement, LTMI will appoint a Fleet Manager as the focal contact for Wizz Air in all kinds of technical, commercial and regulatory matters. This continuous exchange will ensure an ideal integration of LTMI's services into Wizz Air's operations.
"We are pleased to expand our long standing cooperation with Lufthansa Technik to more and more countries," said József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air. "The support through a dedicated Fleet Manager of LTMI ensures us shortest response times in case of any problems and hence minimizes the risk of a technical delay."
"The close integration into Wizz Air's operations through our Fleet Manager highlights the strong ties and the high level of trust Wizz Air has expressed in Lufthansa Technik's expertise and services", said Alexander Heilmann, Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International. "We will be proud to justify Wizz Air's trust with outstanding reliability and dependable services."
The newly signed agreement carries forward a long and successful business relationship between Wizz Air and Lufthansa Technik that dates back to the very beginning of the carrier's operations in 2004. Besides an exclusive Total Component Support TCS® for Wizz Air`s entire fleet signed in 2009, Lufthansa Technik also provides Wizz Air with base maintenance and engine services.
Wizz Air carried 9.4 million passengers in the last 12 months. The airline's fleet currently consists of 34 Airbus A320 aircraft operating from 12 bases in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. The 13th base in Belgrade, Serbia and the 14th in Vilnius, Lithuania will commence in April 2011.
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. In 2009, the Group's overall revenues stood at 4 billion euros. 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.
For 10 more years Lufthansa Technik will provide component support for Wizz Air's entire fleet.
The five year exclusive contract covers about 150 C-checks on more than 80 Airbus A320 aircraft of Central and Eastern Europe`s largest low-fares carrier.
FL Technics to provide maintenance services for the airline’s Airbus 320 at its newly opened base in Vilnius International Airport.
In addition to aircraft maintenance for international customers, LTMI is also responsible for Technical Operations Management.