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Lufthansa Technik's Airbus A380 tail dock was placed in a purpose-built “pocket” at the back of its hangar.Docking systems are getting higher tech, but not everyone wants a laser-guided model. LONDON—Aircraft docking systems can substantially boost an MRO's profitability, especially if they are tailor-made to enhance the business. The advantage such systems provide can be considerable, according to Robin Wohnsigl, president and CEO of Laurentian Aerospace Corp., who is backing his belief with hard cash. His new MRO is not only investing in an automated, laser-guided, self-positioning docking system for its state-of-the-art maintenance hangar in Plattsburg, N.Y., but it also has acquired Contec Multidocking Ltd. (CML), the company that made the system.

MRO Exec Calls For OEMs To Focus On Building Aircraft

Aircraft makers should stick to what they do best and leave the maintenance, repair and overhaul of their products to the MRO industry, says the chairman of Lufthansa Technik.

Aircraft makers should stick to what they do best and leave the maintenance, repair and overhaul of their products to the MRO industry, says August Wilhelm Henningsen, chairman of Lufthansa Technik (LHT).

“They should concentrate on building the airplanes,” says Henningsen, whose company, like other MRO providers, has been faced with increasing competition from Airbus and Boeing over the past several years. The MRO industry is large enough to serve the market and, if anything, the industry is “more over-served than under-served today,” he says.

The OEMs control the intellectual property and know the strengths of their products, but Henningsen says LHT, because of experience gained working for Lufthansa and its many third-party customers, has more insight into strengths and weaknesses. Managing those weaknesses is a key elements of successfully supporting an aircraft, he says.

“At the end of the day, they [aircraft makers] are asking us how the airplanes are performing,” Henningsen says.

Photo Credit: LUFTHANSA TECHNIK

Lufthansa Technik's Airbus A380 tail dock was placed in a purpose-built “pocket” at the back of its hangar.Docking systems are getting higher tech, but not everyone wants a laser-guided model. LONDON—Aircraft docking systems can substantially boost an MRO's profitability, especially if they are tailor-made to enhance the business. The advantage such systems provide can be considerable, according to Robin Wohnsigl, president and CEO of Laurentian Aerospace Corp., who is backing his belief with hard cash. His new MRO is not only investing in an automated, laser-guided, self-positioning docking system for its state-of-the-art maintenance hangar in Plattsburg, N.Y., but it also has acquired Contec Multidocking Ltd. (CML), the company that made the system.

Photo Credit: LUFTHANSA TECHNIK

Lufthansa Technik's Airbus A380 tail dock was placed in a purpose-built “pocket” at the back of its hangar.Docking systems are getting higher tech, but not everyone wants a laser-guided model. LONDON—Aircraft docking systems can substantially boost an MRO's profitability, especially if they are tailor-made to enhance the business. The advantage such systems provide can be considerable, according to Robin Wohnsigl, president and CEO of Laurentian Aerospace Corp., who is backing his belief with hard cash. His new MRO is not only investing in an automated, laser-guided, self-positioning docking system for its state-of-the-art maintenance hangar in Plattsburg, N.Y., but it also has acquired Contec Multidocking Ltd. (CML), the company that made the system.

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