September 12, 2009
By Leithen Francis
Lufthansa Technik Philippines is hoping to secure work from China thanks to a regulatory change in the country.
The Chinese authorities are making it easier for overseas MROs to get recognition if the firm has Hong Kong regulatory approval, the company's vice-president for marketing and sales Dominik Wiener-Silva said at Asian Aerospace.
The Hong Kong authorities have recognised Lufthansa Technik Philippines, a joint-venture between the Lufthansa Technik group and Philippine Airlines' MacroAsia, as it has done overflow work for carriers there, he adds.
His company is waiting to secure a contract from a mainland Chinese carrier before proceeding with the application for Civil Aviation Administration of China approval.
The MRO firm's heavy maintenance work is focused on the Airbus A320s, Airbus A330s and Airbus A340s. But it will be adding Boeing 777 heavy maintenance capability as Philippine Airlines will get its first two 777s by year-end, he says.
Its major third-party heavy maintenance customers include Virgin Atlantic Airways and Qantas Airways/Jetstar.
Qantas announced in May that A330 heavy maintenance work will be shifting from Lufthansa Technik Philippines to Qantas engineering and maintenance in Brisbane.
But Wiener-Silva says Lufthansa Technik Philippines will still be doing the 'D-checks' on the Qantas and Jetstar A330s and it is only 'C-checks' that are moving to Brisbane in the near term.