Go Airlines (GoAir), one of the leading domestic carriers in India, and Lufthansa Technik have signed a 10-year component support contract, effective from August, 2012, for the carrier's present and future fleet of 20 A320 classic and 72 A320 neo aircraft. The contract covers most of the spare parts required for the regular maintenance of A320 classic aircraft and will also cover the new A320neo fleet of GoAir which is expected to enter into service from 2016 onwards. The component support will be handled via the Lufthansa Technik Group network.
Spare parts shall be supplied to the airline's bases at Mumbai and Delhi. The contract also provides GoAir access to Lufthansa Technik's manage/m technical operations WebSuite, whereby both parties shall observe just-in-time inventory management. This will enable further efficiency gains for both parties.
The maintenance and repairs of the components will be done at Lufthansa Technik facilities. GoAir shall be supported by a dedicated customer support team in addition to Lufthansa Technik's general 24/7 AOG Desk.
"At GoAir it is our constant endeavor to achieve safety for our passengers and achieve operational efficiencies at all levels. I am glad to share that GoAir has finalized a very important contract with Lufthansa Technik. It clearly demonstrates that GoAir is able to achieve the required safety of passengers through world class component support at attractive prices which are paramount in a highly competitive and cost-driven market like India, "said Giorgio De Roni, Chief Executive Officer of GoAir.
"Over the past years Lufthansa Technik has proven its ability to understand the dedicated needs of low cost carriers in the Asian region. Thus, we are sure that we have made the right choice to get the best possible technical support for our growth path in India," De Roni added.
August Wilhelm Henningsen, Chairman of the Executive Board at Lufthansa Technik, commented: "GoAir is one of the most successful airlines in the booming Indian aviation market. We are very proud that we have been selected as a long-term partner for GoAir. Our experience in component support and also our long-lasting activities in the Indian market will help us to establish the best possible technical support for their fleet."
Go Airlines (India) Ltd. is the aviation foray of the Wadia Group.
The airline operates its services under the brand GoAir. GoAir launched its operations in November 2005. GoAir, a low-fare carrier launched with the objective of commoditizing air travel, offers airline seats at marginal premium to train fares across India. The airline currently operates across 22 destinations 92 daily flights and approximately 638 weekly flights.
With more than 30 subsidiaries and affiliated companies and more than 26,000 staff worldwide, the Lufthansa Technik Group is one of the world's leading independent providers of aircraft-related Maintenance, Repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Lufthansa Technik's portfolio covers the entire service spectrum of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components for passenger aircraft.