Lufthansa Technik expects general demand for A380 base maintenance services to remain high in the next few years at its two overhaul lines at its Asia-Pacific subsidiary.
At Manila-based Lufthansa Technik Philippines, where it has carried out a mix of in-house and third-party base maintenance on the superjumbo since 2012, it also holds overhaul capabilities for other Airbus jets including the A320, A330, A340 and Boeing’s 777.
“Several European and Asian airlines are regularly getting their A380 overhauled at Lufthansa Technik Philippines,” says Thomas Rueckert, vice president of base maintenance services at Lufthansa Technik.
These include Australian airline Qantas, which Rueckart says remains a customer five years after having being the first third-party customer at the facility.
MRO demand for the A380 is expected to be strong in Asia-Pacific up until 2026, with a projected demand of $2.2 billion according to Aviation Week’s Fleet & MRO Forecast 2017.
Predicting some of the new repair demands of the next few years on the A380, Rueckert foresees modifications work as being a particular sweet spot for aftermarket providers such as Lufthansa Technik Philippines. “In addition to maintenance checks, there will also be additions to various structural modifications and extensive refurbishments of the complete aircraft cabin,” he says.