Lufthansa Technik AG’s Engine Services division in Hamburg is opening a new competence centre for engine case repair and an X-ray centre for engine components of all different sizes, a press release said Tuesday (January 30, 2018). The move comes in preparation for future engine types and growing business in engine maintenance. To this end, Lufthansa Technik has invested around EUR 7 million.
State-of-the-art tools and equipment are the basis for introducing new repair procedures. At the same time, the variety of engine types overhauled there can be increased significantly, and turnaround time can be reduced to just three weeks. The division expects orders for this product to double over the next three years.
Extended capacity planned
The new X-ray centre has two systems and can screen components flexibly – from the smallest engine blade up to future engine cases with a diameter of 3.5 metres – and both digitally as well as in analogue mode. Recurring inspection requirements can be stored and the inspections automated in future. Plans for a second construction phase in 2019 are already underway and will extend capacity even further.
Marcel Rose, Head of the Competence Center at Lufthansa Technik’s Engine Services division, remarked: “Our new centre of excellence bundles the competence needed for around 450 repair procedures, some of which are very complex. With our employees’ know-how and the state-of-the-art tools and equipment we now have available, we have created a foundation to meet the highest quality standards even for future engine types.”
Benefits for facility in Hamburg
Lufthansa Technik recently decided to offer on-wing and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for the new LEAP-1A (Airbus A320neo) and -1B (Boeing 737 MAX) engines by CFM International. Such engines will be overhauled in Hamburg. Parallel preparations are underway to build up capacity for engine part repairs and services for other engine types.
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