DUBAI--Lufthansa Technik (LHT) Middle East opened its new facility at the Dubai South Aviation District about one month ago and received its first part, a GE90 engine inlet cowl, from Etihad Airways. The new larger facility allows the MRO to accept bigger parts, such as the GE90 cowl, which its original facility in Dubai was too small to handle. The 2,000 sq.-meter facility also allowed the MRO to expand its repair capabilities to include overhauls.
LHT Middle East plans to start a parts pool of critical items for Airbus A320s, A350s, Boeing 737s and 777s, says Ziad Al Hazmi, LHT Middle East CEO. In the next few weeks, the MRO will start receiving the first components that can be shipped on an aircraft on the ground (AOG) basis, he told Aviation Week during the MRO Middle East event.
The Dubai MRO also plans to add component repairs in the future, as well as limited engine repairs, says Hazmi. He expects to announce which engine services by year end. The company already performs engine washes.
The MRO recently started deploying teams to customer sites to perform on-site repairs, for items such as dented radomes and thrust reversers. “We’ve done this a few times and hope to increase the concept,” says Hazmi.