Lufthansa Technik (LHT) is further dipping its toes into the Boeing 777X aftermarket with a new MRO agreement it recently signed with GE Aviation at the Paris Air Show. Under the long-term cooperation, LHT will become GE’s authorized service provider for backup generator/converter and certain electrical load management systems components on 777X aircraft.
LHT’s power component MRO services for the aircraft type will include OEM approved repairs, warranty corrections and component modifications on behalf of GE. In addition, it will provide and maintain a global pool of spares, which will support AOG services and be offered to worldwide customers on a 24/7 basis while their GE power components are being repaired. LHT says the components will be deployed in several stocking locations within its global component supply network.
“This long-term agreement enhances Lufthansa Technik’s position as a key MRO provider on 777X components,” says Georg Fanta, VP aircraft component services, LHT. “Together, we will generate additional customer value by combining GE’s vast experience in design and product engineering with Lufthansa Technik’s comprehensive strengths in repair development, MRO and the management and handling of valuable assets.”
Considering Lufthansa Group’s stake in the 777X—Lufthansa is one of the aircraft’s launch customers with 20 total aircraft ordered and scheduled for delivery beginning in 2020—it is no surprise the group’s maintenance arm is branching further into MRO services for the aircraft type.
LHT recently launched a joint venture with GE called XEOS focused on servicing GEnx-2B and GE9X engines, the latter of which power the 777X. XEOS’ newly established engine MRO facility in Poland is slated to begin service on GE9X engines starting in the 2021-22 timeframe.