Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen (LTS), the Asian competence center for the repair of Airframe Related Components (ARC), has become a member of the Airbus Spares repair station network, offering structure and composite repairs for Airbus proprietary parts in Asia. The newly signed General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus provides significant benefits for the growing number of Asian Airbus operators.
Up to now units had to be sent to Europe for repair. Ideally located, the repair station in Shenzhen, with gateways via three international airports in its vicinity, saves time and avoids high transportation cost. A further reduction of turn-around-time can be achieved owing to immediate availability of all related technical data and close cooperation between Airbus and Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen. Furthermore customers who are in need of a spare part can access Airbus' large pool in Beijing to immediately get their aircraft back in the sky.
The agreement was also understood as an acknowledgement of Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen's high quality standards as they fully meet Airbus' requirements to its suppliers. LTS recently proved its high quality level during an audit lasting several days.
Wolfgang Breckau, Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen President and CEO said, "We aim to provide market-leading services to our customers. With the increasing number of Airbus aircraft in service in the Asia-Pacific region, this GTA lays the foundation for us to establish market leadership for Airbus composite proprietary parts services in this region."
In addition to the broad range of existing Airbus capabilities such as the V2500 inlet cowl and the local A320 component pool, the product portfolio of Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen was extended by the A320 family V2500 thrust reverser including their actuation systems. Further A320 capabilities in Hamburg such as the CFM56-5 reversers can be accessed via Lufthansa Technik's Airframe Related Component (ARC) network.
Another new in-house capability is the repair of all current Airbus radomes. The workscope covers all foreign object damage (FOD) such as birdstrikes and hail damage up to complete new build-ups. Saving potential can be up to 70 percent compared to an OEM replacement part.
Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen offers the first opportunity for Chinese operators to have their composite and structural Airbus parts repaired locally. Additionally Asia-Pacific customers benefit from a regional and high quality option which Lufthansa Technik provides at most competitive prices.
Co-founded in the year 2000 with partners Shenzhen Investment Holding Corporation (which holds a five percent interest) and Beijing Kailan Aviation Technology Co. (which holds a 10 percent interest), Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen opened its doors for business to airline customers in early 2002. Based in the Guangdong special economic zone not far from Hong Kong, the young company is located in one of China's most important developing regions.
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