Lufthansa Technik Philippines breaks ground on facility expansion
New hangar to create 400 jobs in 2020, places PH as ideal aviation services hub in Asia-Pacific
Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) the country's leading provider of Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) services officially announced the construction of its latest hangar during a groundbreaking ceremony held on November 27, 2019 at its Manila site at the MacroAsia Special Economic Zone, Villamor Airbase, Pasay City.
The new hangar, dubbed Hangar 1A, will be a replica of the existing Hangar 1, which currently services aircraft of various airlines, including the national carrier airline, Philippine Airlines and international lines like British Airways, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, and Saudi Arabian Airlines.
With a total area of 9,000 square meters, the addition of Hangar 1A in LTP's facility will enable the MRO company to service more aircraft, including Airbus A380 aircraft, the world's largest passenger airliner.
This move is LTP's answer to the growing MRO demand in Asia-Pacific and further strengthens the Philippines as an ideal aviation services hub in the region.
"Lufthansa Technik Philippines has always been the country's forerunner in the MRO industry. As we approach our 20th year, it's about time we showcase the Philippines as an aviation stronghold in Asia-Pacific. The company strongly believes in the ability of the Philippines to be a hub for aviation services in the region, and proof of this is our expansion and continued commitment to the country," stated Elmar Lutter, President and CEO of LTP.
"This is made possible by our greatest asset—our local employees, who continuously strive to deliver globally-competitive services, enabling us to be the preferred partner of airlines in ensuring the safety and comfort of their passengers. With the expansion of our facilities and services through the construction of Hangar 1A, we will be opening LTP's doors to 400 more Filipino workers to help the Philippine MRO industry grow, together with the sustained growth of the Philippine economy," Lutter added.
Established in 2000, LTP is a joint venture of Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik AG and Philippines' biggest aviation support service provider MacroAsia Corporation. With a strong presence in the country, LTP is currently employing 3,200 Filipinos across the key cities nationwide, including Clark, Cebu, Davao, Kalibo, and Puerto Princesa.
The construction of Hangar 1A will mark the tenth hangar bay in the MRO giant's Manila site, which provides base and line maintenance to various commercial aircraft including Airbus A320, A330, A350, and A380, as well as Boeing B777.