Lufthansa Technik Philippines, one of the biggest providers of aircraft maintenance services in Asia, is set to further expand its range of products for airline customers with increased capacity. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the foundation of the joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG and the MacroAsia Corporation, Bernhard Krueger-Sprengel, President and CEO of the company, said that the number of international customers had increased in an encouraging manner and that the range of technical services would be further expanded.
"In view of the growth, especially in the Asian market, and our competitive product, we intend to win new customers not just in the region. We will be offering new products such as overhaul layovers and cabin refurbishments designed specifically for low-cost airlines," Krueger-Sprengel said. "Lufthansa Technik Philippines is an outstanding example of a successful joint venture in Asia."
Having started up in 2000 with a workforce of 1,300 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, today Lufthansa Technik Philippines has 2,700 employees and is an internationally respected MRO provider specializing in the Airbus A330/340 and the A320 aircraft families.
August Wilhelm Henningsen, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG, underlined: "The Manila operation has become the Lufthansa Technik Group's most important internationally active maintenance organization for the overhaul of Airbus aircraft. I would like to formally thank our joint venture partner, MacroAsia Corporation, for the professional and successful collaboration and Philippine Airlines, Lufthansa Technik Philippines' most important customer, for its trust and tremendous loyalty from the outset. Without the support of these two companies, the success story of Lufthansa Technik Philippines would not have been possible."
As well as Philippine Airlines and Lufthansa, Lufthansa Technik Philippines provides aircraft maintenance services for a further 22 airlines. Its aircraft overhaul customers number 24. As Krueger-Sprengel explained, "Thanks to lean processes and above all to our highly skilled staff, we have been able to reduce the layover for an A340 D-check, for example, to 22 days - the best time offered anywhere in the world - at competitive prices and to the same standard of quality for which Lufthansa Technik is renowned."
In 2004, four years after commencing operations, Lufthansa Technik Philippines opened a second overhaul line for long-haul aircraft. Since 2005 the expanding company has also offered overhaul services for the A320 family and has started repairing engine components. It has gained more and more international airline customers and in 2007 opened a second widebody hangar for aircraft overhauls. In 2009 the company completed its 100th heavy check.
Lufthansa Technik Philippines
Founded in the year 2000 as a joint venture of 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. It has an extensive line and base maintenance approval from major aviation authorities including the United States' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Europe's EASA. The company has a workforce of 2,700 highly skilled mechanics, engineers and support personnel. Five hangar bays and workshops have been upgraded to the latest industry standards to support aircraft maintenance and overhaul, major modifications, cabin reconfigurations, engine maintenance and painting for Airbus A320, A330/A340, Boeing 747-400 aircraft. LTP also provides manpower support to airline customers, other MROs and affiliates in the Lufthansa Technik Group.
Dr. Burkhard Andrich currently Senior Vice President Aircraft Component Services in Hamburg, will take over as President and CEO of the Manila-based Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP).
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