Sep 7, 2010
By Neelam Mathews
As the aviation market bounces back in Asia, Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) is looking at expanding its customer base beyond the region, as well as adding new technical services, such as overhaul layovers and cabin refurbishment designed for budget airlines.
As one of the biggest providers of aircraft maintenance services in Asia, LTP will offer new products such as overhaul layovers and cabin refurbishments designed specifically for budget airlines.
Founded in Sept. 2000, LTP is a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik (51%) and the Philippine MacroAsia Corp. (49%), a holding company with diverse business portfolio in aviation support and logistics services. In its 10 years of operations, Lufthansa Technik Philippines has grown from a workforce of 1,300 at Ninoy Aquinoh International Airport to 2,700 employees, who specialize in the Airbus A330/340 and the A320 aircraft families.
“The Manila operation has become the Lufthansa Technik Group’s most important internationally active maintenance organization for the overhaul of Airbus aircraft,” says August Wilhelm Henningsen, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik.
Bernhard Krueger-Sprengel, president and CEO of LTP, attributes the success of the MRO to lean processes and a skilled staff that has enabled the company to reduce the layover for an A340 D check, for example, to 22 days at competitive prices.
In 2009, the company completed its 100th heavy check. Five hangar bays and workshops have been upgraded to support aircraft maintenance and overhaul, major modifications, cabin reconfigurations, engine maintenance and painting for Airbus A320, A330/A340, Boeing 747-400 aircraft.