After receiving the EASA approval from the German aviation authorities (Luftfahrtbundesamt, LBA) in April, the Lufthansa Technik Mainbase Engine Shop at Frankfurt has commenced the comprehensive servicing of Rolls-Royce Trent 900 three-shaft turbofan engines. These engines power Airbus A380s for Lufthansa and other airlines.
The EASA approval qualifies the engine shop to conduct a large number of inspections and repair procedures on the Trent 900, for example installation and removal of QEC (Quick Engine Change) parts to reduce engine change time to a minimum, borescope inspections, troubleshooting and on-wing services carried out by Lufthansa Technik's Airline Support Teams AST®. The same services are already offered for Rolls-Royce Trent 500 and Trent 700 engines through an agreement with the engine manufacturer signed in 2007, which also includes the Trent 900.
The close cooperation between Lufthansa Technik and Rolls-Royce also includes the overhaul of Trent engines at the joint venture N3 Engine Overhaul Services in Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany, which will also handle overhauls of the Trent 900 used on the world's largest commercial airliner. The first of 15 Airbus A380s for Lufthansa is expected to arrive in Frankfurt on May 19th.
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.