Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, one of the leading low-cost carriers in Europe, and Lufthansa Technik AG have recently signed a contract for a Total Base Maintenance Support TBS[TM]. The contract runs over a period of five years and covers Base maintenance services for Norwegian's growing Boeing 737-800 fleet, which already comprises 55 aircraft of this type.
The main features of TBS[TM] are a sweeping slot guarantee and a commercial package that is geared towards the customer's needs. For example, one of Norwegian's requirements was that all of its TBS[TM] aircraft should be overhauled at the Lufthansa Technik site in Budapest / Hungary during the winter season, as Budapest is a high frequency destination of the airline and therefore no ferry-flights are needed. Furthermore - as a TBS[TM] customer - Norwegian has access to LHT's whole Base Maintenance Network of facilities for any additional or unplanned Maintenance needs.
To simplify technical data exchange and to optimize electronic maintenance management for the customer Lufthansa Technik has created an interface to the AMOS system of Norwegian.
"With Lufthansa Technik we think we found a base maintenance provider which is capable to accompany both - Norwegian's ambitious slot programs as well as our sustained growth," said Asgeir Nyseth, Chief Operating Officer of Norwegian Air Shuttle.
Wolfgang Weynell, Vice President Marketing & Sales at Lufthansa Technik, commented: "We are extremely pleased that Norwegian is demonstrating its continued trust in us by signing the TBS[TM]contract. Step-by-step we have increased our cooperation over the past years resulting from intensive and trustful talks. This contract is a great motivation for us to further expand our service portfolio in the very challenging business field of low-cost-carriers."
The two companies started their business cooperation with a total component support for Boeing 737-300 five years ago. Later on, landing gear services, wheels & brakes services for the Boeing 737-300 and -800 and engine maintenance services for the CFM56-7B engines of Norwegian's fleet where added.
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 technical services. Lufthansa Technik's portfolio covers the entire service spectrum of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components for passenger aircraft.