Lufthansa Technik (LHT) is bolstering its footprint in Russia with the announcement of three new MRO contracts with major Russian carriers. All three contracts cover comprehensive, long-term support for components on Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
The first contract builds on LHT’s existing partnership with Ural Airlines, which dates back to 2006 when the Russian carrier added the Airbus A320 to its fleet. The new contract will extend LHT’s support to five new A320neo aircraft that will be added to Ural Airlines’ fleet. In addition, LHT will provide Total Component Support (TCS) for the carrier’s 14 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Phase-in of both new aircraft types is scheduled to begin this year.
According to LHT, Ural Airlines’ home base in Ekaterinburg, Russia will be “appropriately enlarged with components” for the new aircraft types to ensure optimum supply. Meanwhile, the MRO provider says component repairs will be performed mainly at its Hamburg facility.
LHT’s second contract announcement will also cover A320 support. The MRO has signed an agreement with Aeroflot to provide engine nacelle parts support for the carrier’s A320 family aircraft. The Airframe Related Components (ARC) agreement covers all MRO events for ARC parts, including modification services. LHT will provide pooling services for components such as thrust reversers, inlet cowls and fan cowls.
According to LHT, provision of services under the new contract with Aeroflot started in December 2018 and an exclusive home base stock for the carrier has been set up at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow.
The third contract expands on LHT’s existing MRO services for AirBridgeCargo Airlines. The new long-term TCS agreement covers component pooling and leasing services for the carrier’s Boeing 747-400F freighter fleet, which is currently comprised of six aircraft. Under the agreement, LHT will perform comprehensive component services for approximately 1,400 part types.