Ethiopian Airlines has contracted Lufthansa Technik to provide comprehensive component support for the airline’s future Airbus A350 fleet.
In a statement issued on July 28, Ethiopian said the corresponding Total Component Support (TCS) agreement will run for a period of ten years and includes 14 aircraft. The contract comprises component maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as access to a pool of spares.
Ethiopian said the contract underscores Lufthansa Technik’s many years of collaboration with the national flag carrier as Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) service provider in a number of different areas. These include an extensive Total Component Support for the carrier’s Boeing 787 fleet as well as material support for Ethiopian Airlines’ Bombardier Q400 regional aircraft fleet.
Mesfin Tasew, Chief Operating Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, said: “We are delighted that we were able to extend our long-term Boeing 787 component support with Lufthansa Technik to our newest A350 fleet.
Our partnership with Lufthansa Technik, which goes back to the 1990s, thus finds a successful continuation into the future. We are convinced that we will receive the same professional and reliable support for our brand-new fleet.”
Harald Gloy, Senior Vice President Component Services at Lufthansa Technik said: “We deeply appreciate the trust Ethiopian Airlines is expressing towards Lufthansa Technik by giving the A350 component support in our hands. This fosters our long-term partnership and we see in Ethiopian Airlines a strong and successful partner in Africa and beyond.”
Lufthansa Technik’s Total Component Support offers operators optimal component availability without the task of setting up and maintaining their own spare parts inventories. According to Lufthansa Technik, customers benefit from its unique pooling concept. Lufthansa Technik says it stocks more than 100,000 components and guarantees 100 percent reliable delivery at a pre-determined service level. It said that members of the Lufthansa Technik pool also benefit from reductions in operating costs through economies of scale.
The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and about 26,000 employees worldwide, is one of the leading of services for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik is licensed internationally as a repair, production and development enterprise. The Group’s portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.
Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of the first of its 14 Airbus A350 aircraft from Airbus in June 2016. It will acquire the second A350 in August 2016.