With the inauguration of a larger repair station in Montréal and the introduction of a new engine type to be serviced at the Tulsa facility, Lufthansa Technik's Mobile Engine Services is gaining strong momentum in North America.
The new Mobile Engine Services repair station in Montréal is currently moving from inside Air Canada's facilities to new and independent premises. With more than 2,500 square meters (27,000
square feet) of floor space and 12 bays, the new building will triple the site´s operational capacity for surgical repair solutions on CFM56 engines. To support the capacity increase, Lufthansa Technik plans to expand its workforce in Montréal from today´s 30 to 80 by the end of 2021.
Since January, the Mobile Engine Services site in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has its remodeled hangar in operation, expanding the capacity for work on V2500 engines from four bays to six, plus a fully operational test cell. Along with the expansion, Lufthansa Technik will also add the CFM56 series to its Tulsa repair and test cell portfolio, with production starting in July. First in the series will be the CFM56-5B, with initially three bays. As of today, Mobile Engine Services employs 42 mechanics in Tulsa.
"The recent expansion of our North America sites for Mobile Engine Services responds to the growing need to keep engines on wing for as long as possible, to keep our customers mobile," says Sahib Ajjam, Lufthansa Technik´s Senior Director Corporate Sales USA and Canada.
"Compared to a regular overhaul shop visit, our smart and flexible approach reduces costs by limiting the scope of repairs, and generates additional savings as a result of significantly shorter turnaround times and decreased transportation costs."
Aiming to avoid or postpone major overhaul events, Lufthansa Technik´s Mobile Engine Services consists of a number of smart engine repair solutions. They range from on-wing and on-site services
performed by Airline Support Teams (AST®) directly at the customer's location to smart, surgical repair solutions carried out in a global network of repair stations. The Lufthansa Technik Group currently has four such repair stations around the world. In addition to Montreal and Tulsa, they are located in Frankfurt, Germany, and Shenzhen, China.
Lufthansa Technik's Cyclean® Engine Wash System is an important element of the Mobile Engine Services portfolio, vastly applied to engine performance optimization. Currently spanning seven locations in North America, the regional network of engine wash stations is set to grow by another three stations in 2019.
Lufthansa Technik will be presenting these capabilities for Mobile Engine Services at the MRO Americas convention in Atlanta, Georgia - April 9 until April 11 - at booth # 2331.