Israir Airlines, a successful provider of scheduled and chartered flights from Israel, is relying on the services of Lufthansa Technik within the framework of a Technical Operations Management (TOM) contract. The core elements of the contract are maintenance services, with a permanent establishment having been set up at Tel Aviv airport especially for this purpose. This makes Lufthansa Technik the first foreign MRO provider to receive approval for line maintenance from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI).
The contract extends to the airline's Airbus A320 fleet, which currently consists of two aircraft, with a third already on order.
Lufthansa Technik employees are on-site to help Israir set up its own maintenance station. In addition to maintenance, the contract also includes engineering services as well as Total Component Support TCS® for the repair of components and access to the extensive component pool. Furthermore, Lufthansa Technik is responsible for the supply of consumables and expendables. A fleet manager acting as an interface between the customer and Lufthansa Technik ensures a flawless operation.
Uri Sirkis, CEO of Israir Airlines, said: "The strategic partnership with Lufthansa Technik is a badge of honor for Israir, due to the fact that such a strong and known international brand as Lufthansa is implementing a business partnership with a low-cost Israeli airline.
The co-operation with Lufthansa Technik, will enable Israir to obtain a strong independent line maintenance, being a profit center, and also provide maintenance services to any low-cost airlines that fly to Israel, as a consequence of the Open Skies agreement."
"We're delighted that Israir has placed its trust in us and enabled us to become the first foreign MRO provider with access to the Israeli market," said Wolfgang Weynell, Vice President Marketing and Sales at Lufthansa Technik.
Israir Airlines operates a fleet of two Airbus A320 aircraft with a third one in production as well as two ATR-72-500. Israir Airlines & Tourism is a central part of the IDB Tourism Group, Israel's largest and leading tourism company. Israir Aviation & Tourism operates domestic flights to Eilat and scheduled flights to various overseas destinations.
The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and associates and over 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading manufacturer-independent providers of technical services for the aviation industry. Its portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services for commercial aircraft: maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.