Lufthansa Technik Philippines completes its first C-check on the A380-800
When the market picked up its pace in operating more and more technologically advanced aircraft, Lufthansa Technik Philippines saw such trend as an opportunity to expand its capabilities and was quick to respond to the industry’s developments. During the second quarter of 2011, it broke ground to start construction of its third widebody hangar that will be able to accommodate the Airbus A380. After a year of extensive preparations which comprised personnel trainings in Frankfurt and in Manila, obtaining certifications and completing facility requirements, there finally stood an 8,500-square meter hangar construction with all-new tool room, storage and office facilities. LTP was ready to serve the largest passenger airliner ever built.
Expanded services, total package
As experts in base maintenance for Airbus type aircraft, Lufthansa Technik Philippines had been entrusted by Qantas Airways to carry out cabin modification works for its entire A380 fleet. Since the start of this campaign when the first A380 from Qantas touched down in Manila in 2012, six A380s of the Australian airline have already been released to service after successful modifications in its cabin layout. Most of these events were bundled with a major wing rib modification.
When LTP added this capability, a goal was set towards achieving an expanded suite of services for the A380. Six A380 cabin modifications later, LTP’s technical personnel are now certified to perform C-checks on the aircraft type. This upgraded service had been performed with the same cabin reconfiguration and wing rib repair tasks for the two A380s of Qantas that followed. These C-check events were successfully accomplished within the first quarter of this year.
“Qantas Airways is one of LTP’s most valuable customer in the business and we are dedicated to a long-term partnership with them. We first served the airline’s A330 fleet for C-checks starting in 2006. Qantas’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Jetstar Airways, eventually became our customer for base maintenance, cabin reconfiguration and painting activities on A320 and A330 aircraft. This long-standing history with the Qantas group and LTP’s growing expertise for the Airbus aircraft type made us a trusted partner Qantas can rely on. We are happy to be continuously serving and providing world-class services to Qantas, Oceania’s biggest airline” shares Sebastian Radeke, LTP Senior Sales Executive and Business Development.
Time and cost savings
Venturing into a wider array of aircraft maintenance services meant equal consideration to time and price value for LTP’s customers. According to Radeke, carrying out the C-checks together with other tasks as one package offers a great deal of savings for A380 customers. “It works hand in hand. LTP can carry out a major modification on the wings as well as to the aircraft’s cabin in parallel to a regular C-check, and this translates to lower costs for Qantas. The best thing about these bundled activities is the minimized effect it has on turnaround times while maintaining a reliable service. All layovers which included C-Check, cabin and wing rib modifications left LTP’s facilities on time. We thereby constantly focus on minimizing cost and complexity while increasing and optimizing the services we are providing our customers. Maximized aircraft availability for the operator considering the aircraft’s downtime onsite in Manila, but also at its homebase is therefore the key.”
Qantas Airways will be sending four more A380s to LTP for cabin reconfiguration requirements that will modify all cabin layout into a new four-class configuration. The campaign is expected to end in June 2013.
As Lufthansa Technik AG’s center of excellence for Airbus base maintenance in Asia, LTP is gearing up for further expansion of its A380 capability. The Manila-based facility is presently in the process of completing all necessary training, equipment, certifications and requirements to be able to provide bigger check-types in order to remain offering a total service solution for its A380 customers.
“There is so much potential for LTP in this area of the business. We want to take full advantage of where we are now and what we already have. Our years of providing base maintenance to the Airbus aircraft type and the technical expertise of LTP’s highly skilled mechanics will allow us to further invest into a fuller spectrum of A380 services. Qantas saw our capability and capacity to fulfill their needs for the highly modern aircraft, and we delivered. We look forward to further sharing our growing expertise with Qantas and with more A380 operators in the future,” says Radeke.
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