Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has launched a new maintenance consulting service called Maintwise, which the company says will help its customers lower maintenance costs and achieve greater planning certainty. The end-to-end maintenance concept, which is offered as either a single service or in combination with other LHT services, is individually tailored to customers’ needs and circumstances.
Through Maintwise, LHT’s engineers work with a customer’s planning and engineering experts to come up with an individual maintenance concept to optimally coordinate flight plans and maintenance programs. LHT says potential focuses for the consulting service include delivering better aircraft availability, lowering maintenance costs, improving planning stability and increasing flexibility for aircraft deployment.
“All of our customers can benefit from the advantages of Maintwise,” says Freya Schmitz, maintenance concept engineer at LHT. “The product offers interesting competitive advantages for start-up airlines or airlines with growing fleets or new routes as well as for operators, whose goal is to reduce the ground times of their aircraft or reduce maintenance costs.”
The consulting process starts with assessing a customer’s current situation and identifying requirements. Then, LHT’s experts identify possible improvements and criteria for optimization. Various concepts are simulated and evaluated before LHT develops a series of optimized maintenance concepts for a customer to choose from. A spokesperson for LHT says the duration of the service depends on the exact scope of the project, but the average project duration is three to five weeks for customers with new fleets and three to 10 weeks for customers with existing fleets.
LHT conducted maintenance concept projects internally for several years before launching the first external Maintwise projects in 2017. The service’s launch customers, which LHT did not identify, come from the Middle East and North and South America. LHT says the market response has been very positive, so they are expecting a fast growth market for Maintwise in 2018 and 2019. Pricing for the service is based on a share of the calculated savings generated through the optimized maintenance concept.