Lufthansa Technik AG wishes its long-time customer and partner Croatia Airlines a happy 25th birthday. For 22 years the airline has put its trust in the services of Lufthansa Technik, making Croatia Airlines one of its longest-standing and most loyal customers. "Our business relationship with Croatia began at the moment when Boeing 737 aircraft joined its fleet. We have been providing technical services to the airline without interruption ever since. We maintain cordial relations and have a true partnership of equals," said Jens Henningsen, Key Account Manager at Lufthansa Technik. "We wish Croatia Airlines a very happy 25th birthday and look forward to many more years of fruitful cooperation."
The original contract for the Boeing 737-200 aircraft included material supply as well as repair and overhaul of the JT8D engines.
The Airbus era began for Croatia in 1997, and Lufthansa Technik took over component support for the A319 and A320 aircraft under a Total Component Support TCS® contract as well as maintenance work on the auxiliary power units, wheels and brakes and technical support for the CFM56-5 engines. Since 2008, Lufthansa Technik has also been providing MRO services for the Bombardier Q400 aircraft that joined the Croatia Airlines fleet.
"In addition to the quality of service and professional staff, over the last quarter of a century more than 29,000,000 passengers recognised Croatia Airlines also for the safety of our flights. More than two decades of cooperation with Lufthansa Technik in the field of aircraft maintenance has undoubtedly contributed to that. I am glad that an increase in the capacity of our technical centre in Zagreb, which is expected at the beginning of the next year, will open new opportunities for future cooperation to our mutual benefit", said Kresimir Kucko, President of the Management Board of Croatia Airlines.
With a fleet now totaling 12 aircraft and 970 employees, the Star Alliance partner Croatia Airlines serves 32 destinations in 18 countries.
"The cooperation between Croatia Airlines and Lufthansa Technik has always adapted to the airline's development. We're looking forward to the next 25 years," said Jens Henningsen.
Croatia Airlines was founded in 1989 under its original name, Zagal, short for Zagreb Airlines, in the Croatian capital. A year later the company was already operating under its current name, Croatia Airlines. Its fleet currently consists of 12 aircraft: two Airbus 320, four Airbus A319 and six turboprop aircraft Dash 8-Q400. In 2013, the airline carried nearly 1.8 million passengers to more than 30 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.