MRO deals with PAL, Lufthansa Airlines, Korean Air and Asiana signed

A380 heavy base mainteannce checks for Lufthansa

Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) has signed multiple contracts with several carriers – Philippine Airlines (PAL), Lufthansa Airlines, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines – in a move to continue its growth momentum and solidify its foothold as a leading MRO provider in the Philippines.

Lufthansa Airlines, the largest German airline, has tapped the services of aircraft service provider LTP in an agreement formalized on 24 June 2018. The contract covers heavy base maintenance checks of its Airbus A380 aircraft.

This latest deal caps off a fruitful A380 program for the MRO provider, as it comes at the heels of other customers who contracted LTP for their base maintenance services as well – Korean Air and Asiana Airlines. For both carriers, LTP is slated to conduct base maintenance checks for their Airbus A380 planes for the next several years.

For LTP, all A380 contracts would generate more than USD$200-M in export business and would support more than 500 jobs within the company. With plans to expand its operations and facility, LTP is seeking to ramp up its capabilities and to aggressively capture future market opportunities.

Earlier this year, in a move to further solidify their partnership, PAL tapped LTP to maintain its new Airbus jets, which was formalized via a 12-year milestone agreement on 17 May 2018 with an estimated contract volume of more than USD$260-M. The agreement formalizes the assignment of line maintenance services for PAL's incoming A350s and A321neos, which took effect beginning 31 May.

A joint venture of Lufthansa Technik AG and Philippine aviation services provider MacroAsia Corporation, LTP provides aircraft MRO services to airline companies from all over the world.

As the largest majority-controlled of the 30 subsidiaries within the Lufthansa Technik Network, LTP makes it its mission to ensure that all aircraft that comes out of its hangars reflect the world-renowned Lufthansa Technik standard of quality, safety, and reliability.

It is this dedication that enables LTP to achieve their goal of delivering a better overall passenger experience that is safe, reliable, comfortable and on-time.

LTP currently employs 2,800 people – a combination of highly skilled English-speaking mechanics, engineers and support personnel. Personnel transfers within the Lufthansa Technik network and LTP are a regular occurrence, assuring the right skills are effectively and regularly transferred to the local workforce. 


Cabin modification for Philippine Airlines' A330-300 fleet

New three-class cabin concept

Lufthansa Technik Philippines has performed comprehensive cabin modifications on eight A330-300 aircraft of Philippine Airlines. The previously all-economy class aircraft have been retrofitted with a new three-class concept comprising 309 seats. The cabin modification campaign is part of a three-year base maintenance contract that Lufthansa Technik Philippines and Philippine Airlines signed this year.

Rosario Esquillo, Key Account Manager at Lufthansa Technik Philippines, said: "With our experience in cabin retrofits for different aircraft types, we can provide Philippine Airlines with the best service and know-how for the benefit of its passengers. We are happy to support Philippine Airlines in becoming a five-star airline."

For an airline, the aircraft cabin is one of the most significant factors in differentiation. The new cabin concept for Philippine Airlines consists of Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class, which have all been reconfigured with new seats, on-demand audio and video as well as onboard WiFi and Internet connectivity. The new business class is equipped with Thomson Aero Seating's Vantage XL seat.

Lufthansa Technik Philippines recently upgraded its service capabilities to include next-generation aircraft. Preparations are underway to build up A321neo and A350 capabilities. The company will be ready for the entry into service of Philippine Airlines' new fleet of 21 A321neo and six A350, which will be commissioned in January and June 2018, respectively.



Hangar expansion construction underway

LTP's hangar extension will be inaugurated this November

Lufthansa Technik Philippines' (LTP) hangar expansion is on track, six months after the Manila-based aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider broke ground in January to extend its main hangar.

"With the rising opportunities presented by regional growth, we have been building up our capabilities. This hangar expansion project is the latest in our continued efforts to meet different aircraft requirements and stay competitive in the market," says Dr. Burkhard Andrich, President and CEO of Lufthansa Technik Philippines.

The construction expands two existing bays equipped with versatile docking systems that can accommodate current widebodies and newer models for the Airbus A350, Boeing 777-9X, and 787. This will also be LTP's second line for A380 base maintenance and its entry into Boeing 777 base maintenance. The development is expected to expand the company's yearly capacity by 200,000 manhours.

Construction is on schedule at LTP's facility by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport runway, with the foundation laid before the start of the rainy season. It is now in the process of erecting the extension's prefabricated steel structures, while construction and logistics for new and relocated offices, docking systems, linking bridges and mezzanines are concurrently taking shape. The facility's MRO operations remain unhampered, owing to early preparation and smart planning. Furthermore, tooling and equipment have already started to be delivered for the facility's new state of the art centralized toolroom.

In preparation for LTP's new Boeing 777 base maintenance capability and increased A380 capacity, extensive training for its highly qualified production staff is ongoing, in partnership with Lufthansa Technical Training Philippines.

LTP's hangar extension will be inaugurated this November, as it welcomes an Airbus A380 layover at the beginning of the month. The company's Boeing 777 base maintenance capability will be available in the first half of 2016. 


Lufthansa Technik donates new classrooms to school in Pampanga

Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP), a leading provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in Asia, recently donated a two-classroom school building, and completed the renovation of another two-classroom school building, for the students of San Juan Bano Elementary School in Arayat, Pampanga. Aside from the classrooms, LTP also donated five (5) complete sets of computer units and five additional CPUs.

The project, which started in October 2013 and completed in January 2014, was in response to the appeal of San Juan Baño school officials who were then confronted with challenges in the increasing student population and deteriorating state of their classrooms.

"We welcomed the opportunity to help San Juan Bano Elementary School," said Dr. Burkhard Andrich, President and CEO of Lufthansa Technik Philippines. "It's in these educational institutions that we see the future engineers, mechanics, scientists and more. Investing in basic education helps children realize the opportunity to reach their goals, and sets the groundwork for a brighter future."

With the school's total population reaching 1,672 students in the school year 2013-2014, the school had resorted to alternative solutions such as classroom sharing and even converted its home economics room into a lecture room. "With a new school building, we're better equipped to accommodate the influx of pupils this school year," says Eloida Labrador, principal of San Juan Bano Elementary School. "Furthermore, the renovation of two classrooms also gave us space which could be used again, ensuring a favorable environment for the students' learning and development."  

Through its dedicated CSR arm and direct involvement of employees, who nominate projects in their own communities, LTP has completed over 61 education-based projects since its inception in 2007. LTP's education-based CSR projects are in line with government efforts to involve the private sector to improve the education of Filipino students, through the construction of school buildings, facilities, donations of textbooks and school supplies, and technology support. 


Personnel changes within Lufthansa Technik Group

Changes in Manila and Hamburg

A change in management is underway at Lufthansa Technik Philippines: on February 1. Dr. Burkhard Andrich (52), currently Senior Vice President Aircraft Component Services at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, will take over as President and CEO of the Manila-based Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP). This joint venture with Philippine aviation service provider MacroAsia Corporation has a staff of 2,700 and offers a wide range of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to customers worldwide, focusing on base maintenance checks for Airbus aircraft.

Andrich studied mechanical engineering and completed his education with a doctoral degree. He has been at Lufthansa Technik since 1992. He was Senior Vice President Line Maintenance, and then served as Senior Vice President Engine Services from 2005 to 2011. Since then he has been Senior Vice President Aircraft Component Services in Hamburg.

Succeeding Andrich on February 1 as Senior Vice President Aircraft Component Services is Harald Gloy (41). Gloy holds a degree in engineering and management. He came to Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg in 2003. Following a tenure as Director Production Aircraft Base Maintenance he took over Component Maintenance Services as Vice President and thereafter Gloy became Vice President Engine Overhaul in November 2012.

Gerald Frielinghaus (58) joined Lufthansa Technik in 1985 and has held the post of President and CEO of Lufthansa Technik Philippines since 2011. He will return to Germany to manage the Paperless Maintenance project in Frankfurt – a migration from paper-based to electronic aircraft maintenance documentation that has high strategic and commercial value for the airlines of the Lufthansa Group and Lufthansa Technik.