Lufthansa Technik opens another maintenance hangar for the Airbus A380 in Manila
While one might think it is simply the maintenance arm of the German flag carrier, the Lufthansa Technik group has more than 35 subsidiaries worldwide. With a workforce of over 20,000, it is one of the world’s leading providers of aeronautical technical services and has just celebrated the opening of a new aircraft overhaul hangar in Manila, Philippines. This will add three additional lines to the seven already existing and will be able to accommodate an Airbus A380.
Completion of the 9,000 square meter hangar was originally scheduled for September 2020, but like so many other projects that year, it had to be postponed. However, it was finally opened with a festive ceremony on Wednesday. The latest addition to Manila Airport’s facilities can be configured as needed to accommodate up to four narrow-body aircraft or one wide-body and two narrow-body aircraft. Alternatively, it could accommodate an Airbus A380.
Elmar Lutter, President and CEO of Lufthansa Technik Philippines, commented during the ceremony,
“This is a very special milestone for Lufthansa Technik Philippines in the 22nd year of our existence. It marks a transition from some of the most challenging times we have experienced as a business due to the pandemic to the current phase of notable recovery. This is concrete, tangible evidence that we see clearer skies ahead of us.”
The new facilities were originally scheduled to be completed in 2020. Photo: Getty Images
20% capacity increase
The additional facilities, the fourth hangar in total in Manila, increase the capacity of Lufthansa Technik Philippines by 20%. In addition, it creates 275 additional jobs in the company. Rainer Janke, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Lufthansa Technik Philippines, added his thoughts on the new chapter,
“The opening of the new hangar is Lufthansa Technik Philippines’ response to the growing demand for aircraft maintenance as travel continues to increase and the majority of the world’s fleets are operational again. We are delighted to offer to our customers a first-class service and with reliable revisions make a valuable contribution to the stabilization of their flight operations”,
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Lufthansa Technik Philippines
Lufthansa Technik Philippines subsidiary was founded in 2000. It is a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik Group and MacroAsia Corporation, the largest aviation services provider in the Philippines, with the two holding 51% and 49% respectively. Although it specializes in MRO for the Airbus A320 family, it also provides services for the A330, A340 and A380, as well as the Boeing 777 family of aircraft.
It has 2,600 employees in several cities across the country, which besides Manila include Cebu, Clark, Davao, Kalibo and Puerto Princesa. The company also manages a range of corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects across the Philippines, which include the construction of new classrooms, as well as the rehabilitation and upgrading of school facilities and equipment, with over 60 beneficiaries.