Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has launched a new programme, “smart.life”, to provide maintenance for older engine types through to their end of life.
Smart.life will initially be offered on the CF6-80, PW4000 and CFM56-5A/-5C, and will provide operators with the chance to sell and leaseback their engines.
LHT claims that its new programme approaches MRO for older engines in “a different way” that will provide cost savings for operators.
Bernhard Krüger-Sprengel, SVP of engine services, said: “Instead of a traditional overhaul, we follow the approach with smart.life of delivering thrust during this phase of the product lifecycle – with the aim of making optimal use of an engine's, module's or engine part's remaining life span.”
This could, confirmed LHT, see it produce one “reliable engine from two defective engines”.