The Irish low-fare airline Aer Lingus has contracted Lufthansa Technik AG in Hamburg to provide component support for its growing fleet of Airbus aircraft. The agreement signed covers a term of ten years and includes component services for a fleet of currently 34 Airbus A320 family aircraft and nine Airbus A330 jets. The contract has a volume in excess of 90 million euros.
Lufthansa Technik AG will provide service and repair for almost all aircraft components. To provide optimal support, a Lufthansa Technik representative in Dublin will coordinate the services, which will commence November 1st, 2008. The fleet of Aer Lingus is expected to grow to 54 aircraft by 2013.
"This long-term contract is very important for us, because we were not only successful in contracting another large and growing fleet, but can also welcome Aer Lingus, a renowned low-fare carrier, to our customer community at Lufthansa Technik and thus will increase the contracted fleet size significantly generating some further economy of scale effects", commented Robert Gaag, Director Sales Central Europe of Lufthansa Technik, on the cooperation. "This is a bright signal to the European MRO market. It clearly shows the quality and efficiency of Lufthansa Technik's Component Services with a fleet of more than 1,600 aircraft currently under contract."
Commenting on the development Aer Lingus Chief Executive, Dermot Mannion said, "We are pleased to be working with a best-in-class service provider, Lufthansa Technik, on the components aspect of our maintenance requirements. We look forward to developing a strong relationship with the Lufthansa Technik team."
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