Holding a ceremony in Manila, Lufthansa Technik Philippines officially opened a new hangar for aircraft overhaul, adding an extra three maintenance lines to supplement the existing seven.
The parking spaces can be configured to accommodate four narrow-body aircraft, or one wide-body and two narrow-body aircraft. Alternatively, an A380 can be accommodated. The completion of the 9,000m² hangar was initially planned for September 2020, but was delayed by the pandemic.
“This is a very special milestone for Lufthansa Technik Philippines in the 22nd year of our existence,” said Elmar Lutter, president and CEO of Lufthansa Technik Philippines, on the occasion of the opening ceremony. “It marks a transition from some of the most difficult times we have experienced as a company due to the pandemic to the current phase of noticeable recovery. This is concrete, tangible evidence that we see clearer skies ahead of us.”
The fourth hangar will increase overhaul capacities by up to 20% and provide work for at least an additional 275 employees.
“The opening of the new hangar is Lufthansa Technik Philippines’ response to the increasing demand for aircraft maintenance, as travel continues to increase and a majority of the worldwide fleets are now back in operation,” said Rainer Janke, vice president for marketing and sales at Lufthansa Technik Philippines. “We are pleased to offer our customers first-class service and with reliable overhauls provide a valuable contribution to the stabilisation of their flight operations.”
Lufthansa Technik Philippines was founded in 2000 and is a joint venture of Lufthansa Technik (51% share) and MacroAsia, a Philippine aviation service provider (49%). The company specialises in aircraft overhauls for the A320 family, as well as the A330, A340, A380 and Boeing 777 types. The range of services also includes cabin retrofit programmes and lease return checks. The company has more than 2,600 employees in the country. With the new hangar, the headquarter facility now houses 10 maintenance lines.
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