On 21 July, the new Lufthansa Technik facility in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, commenced operations with its first overhaul line. Just eleven months after ground-breaking in August 2014,the first Airbus A320 from US-carrier Spirit Airlines arrived for a C-Check. Initial customers from the Americas are Spirit Airlines and JetBlue Airways, both operators of the A320 family of aircraft. A second overhaul line is scheduled to be operational in November, followed by three more lines that will enter service by the start of 2017, to include Boeing 737 capabilities, according to an announcement by Lufthansa Technik AG in Hamburg.
Five overhaul lines planned
To date, 140 employees have been trained for LTPR. The workforce is scheduled to grow to 400 employees over the course of the next two years. The facility extends over an area of more than 20,000 square metres. When completed, it will offer a total of five lines for heavy maintenance airframe services, along with other maintenance work for narrow-body aircraft. Thanks to the geographic location of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico in Aguadilla, on the western edge of Puerto Rico, the facility is within flying distance of all Airbus A320 family aircraft in the Americas.
Strengthening market position
“Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico has been founded to strengthen significantly our service portfolio in the Americas, one of the most important MRO markets worldwide. I would like to thank Governor Alejandro García-Padilla and his team for their comprehensive support and the excellent partnership which we have been able to establish over the past 2 years“, said Dr Johannes Bussmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG.
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