Lufthansa Technik to Support New Airbus Fleet of Hamburg International

Lufthansa Technik is to provide support services to Hamburg International's modern fleet of Airbus A319's. In a new, 10-year contract, the two partners are continuing a collaboration that has been in existence since 1999. Lufthansa Technik will supply the 10-aircraft fleet with components under a Total Component Support TCS contract and maintain all the CFM56-5B5 engines through a Total Engine Support TES contract. Altogether, the deal is worth around 50 million Euros.

This agreement sets the seal on a collaboration that is uniquely rooted in Hamburg, one of the foremost aviation centers in the world. The successfully expanding airline, Hamburg International, will have its Hamburg-built Airbus A319's maintained by Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik.

Commenting on the deal, Christoph von Saldern, CEO of Hamburg International, said "The decision to enter into the new agreement between Hamburg International and Lufthansa Technik is a testament to the shared success of these two companies at working closely together in technical operations. Hamburg International has a reputation within the industry as a top-quality brand in every area of our flying operations. Together with Lufthansa Technik, we plan to develop these standards further to encompass the technical side of our new Airbus fleet. Our passengers will benefit from this." Together with Norbert Grella and Klaus Schlichtmann, he has been responsible for the successful expansion policy of Hamburg International for some years.

Josef Rosenblatt, Director Marketing & Sales of Lufthansa Technik for Europa, is pleased that the collaboration is to be stepped up. "In Hamburg International we have a strong guest partner in our maintenance organization, a partner with which we have enjoyed close and friendly relations on the basis of the special Hamburg connection ever since the start of its flying operations. The mutual trust which has evolved over the years is an excellent foundation for the further success of our work together. We are very proud to be able to support the expansion of Hamburg International in the best Hanseatic sense."

Hamburg International expects to take delivery of its first Airbus A319 from Airbus in Hamburg in January 2008. The entire fleet of ten aircraft should be delivered by the end of 2009. The airline currently operates seven Boeing 737 type aircraft.

Original text: Lufthansa Technik AG