Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) in Frankfurt has for the first time carried out a C-check on a Boeing 777 Freighter of AeroLogic. After around 1,360 man-hours of work, comprising routine inspections, several modifications, work on the cargo loading system and some minor repairs, the aircraft registered D-AALA was redelivered to the Leipzig-based cargo airline on time.
Within the framework of the C-check, LTMI as the first ever maintenance provider dismantled and maintained the entire cargo loading system on the main freight deck as well as parts of the lower cargo deck's loading system. In addition, several modifications have been conducted; smaller damages caused by intensive cargo operations have been rectified and miscellaneous aesthetic-related works have been carried out on the fuselage and on the flight deck. A second Boeing 777 Freighter is expected to undergo a C-check at LTMI in Frankfurt around the end of July.
"The aim of the C-check is not only compliance with authority regulations, but also the incorporation of AeroLogic's high standards," says Christian Schmucker, Director Maintenance of AeroLogic. "After more than one year of intensive cargo operation our goal is to restore the excellent condition of the aircraft and hence to keep the reliability as well as the appearance of the aircraft at the highest level."
"We are delighted that AeroLogic, in addition to the line maintenance activities, has now also decided to entrust LTMI with the performance of larger checks," said Dietmar Fischer, Director Aircraft Maintenance at LTMI. "Our comprehensive experience in the support of cargo aircraft helps us to provide AeroLogic with shortest turnaround times without compromising the high quality of services provided."
The close cooperation between Lufthansa Technik and AeroLogic dates back to the very beginning of the airline's start of operations in 2009. Since then the Boeing 777 Freighters of AeroLogic are subject to a Total Technical Support TTS®, under which Lufthansa Technik provides comprehensive services in the fields of maintenance, repair and logistics of aircraft components as well as in the preparation and planning of the aircrafts' maintenance schedule.
AeroLogic GmbH is a joint company owned by DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo AG, each with 50 percent shares. The company was founded in September 2007 with headquarters in Schkeuditz/Leipzig and emerged from the joint venture started between the two partners in 2004. The company currently has more than 150 employees, including pilots. An estimated 200 jobs are to be created by AeroLogic, about 160 of these in the cockpit. The AeroLogic fleet will include eight leased Boeing 777Fs by the end of 2010, the first four were delivered in 2009. The four new aircraft will arrive throughout 2010. The freight capacities of AeroLogic will be used by DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo. The two companies are also responsible for sales, warehousing and handling.
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.
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In addition to aircraft maintenance for international customers, LTMI is also responsible for Technical Operations Management.