Lufthansa Technik AG is to provide component support for the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 fleet operated by prestigious Croatia Airlines, with immediate effect. The corresponding agreement has just been signed in Zagreb. This is the first time Lufthansa Technik provides equipment and component support for this successful twin-engine regional airliner.
The aircraft will be serviced at Croatia Airlines's Zagreb base, while component repairs will be carried out in Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, where the shops have been adapted to handle the respective work. The Croatia Airlines fleet at present comprises four Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, and two further airliners of the same type are shortly to be added.
This new model adds to the list of regional airliners for which Lufthansa Technik provides competent technical support. It already supplies component support for Embraer's ERJ135 and ERJ145 regional jets and, more recently, also for the E-Jet family. It also supports Bombardier regional jets of the CRJ100, 200, 700, 900 and 1000 series in collaboration with Lufthansa CityLine.
"We are very pleased that Lufthansa Technik has decided to offer the support for the Dash 8 Q400 components," comments Vanja Roller, EVP Maintenance and Engineering of Croatia Airlines. "Based on the experience with the Total Component Support from Lufthansa Technik for our Airbus fleet, we are confident that the same level of quality, on time performance and standard will be applied to the new product."
"We are very proud that Croatia Airlines has extended its long-standing close co-operation with Lufthansa Technik to cover this new aircraft model," comments Ifezue Bertold Mordi, Sales Manager Central Europe for Lufthansa Technik. "We are starting out on the technical support of the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 with a highly reputed partner."
The partnership between Croatia Airlines and Lufthansa Technik began in 1992. Today, Lufthansa Technik provides the airline with Total Engine Support TES®, Total Component Support TCS®, and services for Airframe Related Components ARC® and landing gear. In turn, Croatia Airlines performs C-checks for Lufthansa Technik at its own technical facilities.