Lufthansa Technik will do 14 A380 base maintenance checks, LH Technik and Asiana agreed at Singapore Air Show:
On February 7, Lufthansa Technik Philippines and Asiana Airlines signed a five-year agreement for base maintenance. From 2018 to 2022, Lufthansa Technik Philippines will be carrying out a total of 14 checks on the South Korean airline's A380s.
"We are happy for this opportunity to further strengthen our long-term relationship with Lufthansa Technik Philippines," says Dong Jun Shin, General Manager Aircraft & Supplies Purchasing of Asiana Airlines. "During previous checks on our A380s, Lufthansa Technik Philippines has shown sincerity and dedication to the campaign, which ultimately led to our decision on whom to award this contract."
Asiana Airlines first took delivery of its A380s in 2014, and has six A380s at present. Over the next five years, they are scheduled to undergo light to heavy maintenance checks. In addition to these checks, Lufthansa Technik Philippines is also commissioned to carry out modifications on the Doors, Flap Tracks, Wing Tip, Engine Feed Fuel Pump System, and other structural modifications.
"At first, it was our expertise and proximity that led the customer to send four of their A380s to us," says Elmar Lutter, President and CEO of Lufthansa Technik Philippines. "We are happy to continue our partnership, after completing those checks and earning their trust."
The first A380 under this contract is scheduled to arrive in Manila, on March 2018.
AUCKLAND—Asiana Airlines is taking steps to improve its financial health by cutting unprofitable routes, retiring older aircraft and increasing investment in maintenance.
Three routes to be suspended from July 8 include service between Asiana’s Seoul hub and Delhi, as well as service to Khabarovsk and Sakhalin in Russia. Asiana’s Seoul-Chicago route will be cut from Oct. 27.
In a related move, Asiana has canceled its first-class product from Sept. 1. It will retain the first-class suites in its Airbus A380 fleet, but these will be rebranded as "Business Suites" and will be part of the business class product.