Lufthansa Technik has been awarded a contract to provide line maintenance at Brussels Charleroi airport for Ryanair. This contract, which is to support up to eight Boeing 737-800s that Ryanair bases in Brussels Charleroi will be carried out by the German MRO-specialist's subsidiary Lufthansa Technik Brussels. The contract includes an option to provide increased support if Ryanair further expands the number of aircraft based in Brussels Charleroi.
To support this new contract from Ryanair, Lufthansa Technik Brussels will open a new line maintenance station at Brussels South Charleroi Airport. The new station will be equipped with technicians to provide night stop services on-site including defect rectification for Ryanair's aircraft. Further duties like on-call service, logistic- and administrative functions will additionally be carried out by the team based in Charleroi.
The award of Ryanair's line maintenance further expands Lufthansa Technik's broad expertise in the support of low-fare airlines. Due to most modern standards of lean production and quality management, Lufthansa Technik's technical services have in the past proven to be cost-effective even for the growing number of airlines operating on an extremely low-cost base.
Ryanair is Europe's largest low fares airline with 32 bases and more than 800 low fare routes across 26 countries, connecting 146 destinations. By the end of August 2009 Ryanair operated a fleet of around 200 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft with firm orders for more than 100 new aircraft (all net of planned disposals), which will be delivered over the next three years. Ryanair currently employs a team of more than 6,000 people and expects to carry approximately 67 million passengers in 2009.
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 2008, the Group's overall revenues stood at 3.7 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.