LCC EasyJet opened its first maintenance facility at London Gatwick Airport, and has confirmed a five-year agreement with Lufthansa Technik for maintenance services at the hangar.
Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI), the German MRO’s support division for third-party overseas customers, will carry out light base maintenance and aircraft on ground (AOG) hangar support for EasyJet’s fleet of A319 and A320 aircraft.
Work on the aircraft--Lufthansa Technik’s first UK-based hangar operations--began recently. About 60 mechanics are based on-site at the 5,400m2 two bay facility, performing two checks per night.
The services eventually will be extended to the A320neo aircraft, which EasyJet expects to join its fleet between 2018 and 2021. EasyJet signed a deal to buy 100 A320neos from Airbus at the 2013 Paris Air Show, and committed to an additional 30 of the narrowbody jets in November 2015.
The new agreement builds on existing cooperations between the parties, with Lufthansa Technik providing services for Easyjet at Milan Malpensa and Berlin Schoenefeld airports.
Construction of the new hangar started in November 2015.