Honeywell says its recent agreement to grow ties with Lufthansa Technik (LHT) on Airbus A350 repairs in Asia-Pacific will result in an increase in the availability of components for exchange or rental.
Earlier in May, the avionics giant formally made LHT a licensed component repair center at its facility in Shenzen, China. LHT will also become a global asset service provider in the region, with the cooperation covering more than 200 Honeywell shipped components found on the A350.
“Given the current market demand around maintenance, we are focused on providing solutions for heat transfer and pneumatic technologies that support fleet maintenance requirements,” says Sathesh Ramiah, senior director, Asia-Pacific, Commercial Aviation at Honeywell Aerospace. “As these needs evolve, we will expand our capabilities accordingly to include other relevant technologies.”
Also included in the expanded agreement is Asia-Pacific A350 airline customer access to LHT’s one-stop component solutions, along with auxiliary power unit maintenance. These services add to existing capabilities that include nacelle repairs on V2500, Trent 700, CFM56-5A/B Nozzle, CF6-80C2 and RB211-535 engines.
The German MRO giant has operated its Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen joint venture since 2002 with partner Beijing Kailan Aviation Technology. The Chinese maintainer of aircraft brake wheel devices holds a 20% stake in the JV, with its partner company controlling the rest.
The MRO market for the A350, which entered into service in late 2014, is expected to grow in Asia-Pacific with more of the aircraft approaching their first shop visits. Longer-term, it is anticipated to grow by 25.5% from this year to 2028 according to Aviation Week Fleet & MRO Forecast data.
To date, LHT estimates that it has undertaken more than 2,000 repairs on A350 parts in just over four years. “Since then, we have strengthened the partnership to include more serviceable components, embedded Honeywell support at Lufthansa Technik, and integration of our engineering and customer support teams,” Ramiah adds.