Lufthansa Technik is anticipating strong MRO services demand for a selection of new and mature widebody engine types from Middle Eastern operators in the coming years.
While the German company holds no engine capabilities through its Dubai-based Lufthansa Technik Middle East business, which instead focuses on component supply and material repair, it nevertheless foresees strong Middle Eastern demand for newer widebody engine types such as the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB for the Airbus A350 and A380 engine options the GP7200 and the Trent 900.
Lufthansa Technik conducts its engine services in Germany with overhaul shops in Hamburg and Alzey near Frankfurt, while utilizing its Mobile Engine Services offering at other locations, a repair service typically performed on-wing or on-site.
Marc Schwabe, head of business development, finance and controlling at Lufthansa Technik Engine Services, says on a global scale, its strategic focus will also include the CFM LEAP engine family, whose -1A and -1B variants are used for the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320neo.
“We have licenses to serve LEAP Engines along with the know how to develop added value MRO products for LEAP engines,” he says. The first LEAP engine is expected to go into service in Hamburg this year following capacity improvements at the facility in order to ready itself for the engine.
While preparing for the next generation of engines, Schwabe nevertheless says demand in the Middle East will also remain for mature engine repairs given the “impressive amount of mature engines in operation” there. He cites older widebody options such as the GE90 and the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 as generating strong demand from regional operators.