Lufthansa Technik has been selected by two major Asian airlines for technical support of auxiliary power units (APU) on their A350-900 fleets. Both Vietnam Airlines and South Korean carrier Asiana Airlines have signed contracts with the MRO provider for support of Honeywell’s HGT1700 APUs.
Asiana Airlines’ 10-year, long-term contract with LHT covers APUs on its planned fleet of 30 A350-900 aircraft. LHT says the services will be provided in the frame of an exclusive time and material agreement. The contract begins this month and LHT says all repairs will be performed at its Hamburg, Germany headquarters.
Vietnam Airlines’ exclusive time and material contract with LHT will cover maintenance of HGT1700 APUs on its planned fleet of 14 A350-900s. The airline, which was already operating four of the aircraft, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 10 more in September 2016. According to a spokesperson, the fleet currently has 12 A350-900s and will receive the remaining two next year.
LHT is Honeywell’s official warranty station and partner for MRO on HGT1700 APUs. Honeywell signed LHT as a licensed component repair center and exclusive global asset provider for the HGT1700 APU (as well as all Honeywell components) on A350 aircraft in November 2017. In-house capability for the APU was established by LHT in 2016. According to LHT, it is continuously collaborating first-hand with OEMs on the improvement of repair processes and related technologies.