Monday, April 21, 2014

Lufthansa Technik Philippines Renews Partnership with Air Asia X

Manila-based Lufthansa Technik Philippines has announced that it has renewed a base maintenance contract with AirAsia X of Malaysia.

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Under the contract, Lufthansa Technik Philippines will be conducting a series of maintenance checks on the budget carrier's wide-body fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft beginning in May through to September.

AirAsia X will benefit from the extensive services and facilities provided by Lufthansa Technik Philippines including fully-customized hangars designed for aircraft maintenance and a dedicated team to service the aircraft during its maintenance layover in the Philippines.

According to Dr. Burkhard Andrich, President & CEO of Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Air Asia X's fully customized maintenance program delivered in the Philippines is modelled after the global standards and procedures of German-based parent firm, Lufthansa Technik AG.
"We have customized our solutions for AirAsia X according to what they need," said Andrich. "In doing so, we are able to ensure the quality of service Lufthansa Technik is known for and are able to deliver more efficiencies for our customers."

Meanwhile, management of AirAsia X labelled the partnership as a key step in helping the budget carrier deliver safety and quality services to all passengers. "Lufthansa Technik Philippines' expertise and leadership in the maintenance, repair, and overhaul services field makes us once again entrust our aircraft to them," said Soo Hoo Haw Loon, Director of Engineering for AirAsia X. "Our commitment of providing quality service and safety of our passengers is important to us and the quality and reliability of Lufthansa Technik Philippines ensures that we are able to deliver that."

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AirAsia X is the long-haul affiliate of Malaysia based budget carrier, AirAsia Berhad. The airline's local affiliate, AirAsia Philippines has expressed interest in launching AirAsia X long-haul services from Clark International Airport. However, representatives of AirAsia X insist that there are no plans in the immediate future to launch operations in the Philippines as efforts must be focused on establishing the financial stability of AirAsia Philippines, which has suffered under fierce market competition in the last two years.

Lufthansa Technik Philippines was established in 2000 as a joint venture between Philippine-based MacroAsia Corporation and Germany's Lufthansa Technik AG. It currently has eight hangar bays at Ninoy Aquino International Airport that specialise in heavy maintenance and line checks for A330, A340, A380, and A320 family aircraft.

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