Lufthansa Technik is expanding its involvement in the provision of technical support for the Boeing 787. After Japan Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) is the second Boeing 787 customer to have appointed Lufthansa Technik to provide component support for its modern long-haul fleet. The Total Component Support TCS® contract signed in Addis Abeba with the Ethiopian airline will run for a term of ten years.
Following the delivery of Ethiopian Airlines' first 787, named "Africa's First", in August, Lufthansa Technik has taken on the role of providing material support by using the existing material pool in Germany. Services include repair and logistics services for three Dreamliners already in Etiopian fleet and the remaining seven on order after they have been delivered.
Lufthansa Technik has already been assisting the Star Alliance member with support in optimization of the MRO organization with a team on site. The Hamburg based company already provides component support for Ethiopian Airlines' Q400 and MD11 aircraft.
"Ethipian new contract with Lufthansa Technik for the 787 is a continuation of existing relationship between the two and will greatly enhance Ethipian MRO by improve its dispatch reliability, reduce maintenance cost and enhance its supply chain management effectiveness and efficiency of the ultra-modern aircraft", said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian.
"We are delighted by the trust that has been placed in us with this second long-term contract for extensive component support for the Boeing 787," said Dr. Burkhard Andrich, Head of Aircraft Component Services at Lufthansa Technik AG. "And we are confident that, with our experience, we will also be able to make a substantial contribution towards the reliable and economic operation of this ultra-modern aircraft of Ethiopian Airlines, one of the most important long-haul aircraft for the years ahead."
Lufthansa Technik is offering the necessary capacity for VIP completions of this aircraft type as of 2014/2015 at its main facility in Hamburg.
The two companies have extended and significantly expanded their existing Total Component Support TCS® agreement for the airline's fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft for 10 years.
Lufthansa Technik will now take on technical management and carry out all planned C-checks during the next six years at one of its sites as part of a Total Operational Management (TOM) contract.