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Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik, one of
the world's leading maintenance, repair and
overhaul providers, says 2009 net income
rose 5.7 percent on a 6.6 percent increase
in revenue, despite declining demand and
earnings across the aviation sector. Revenue
for last year totalled 4 billion euros, (US$5.4
billion) while profit was 316 million euros.
"In view of another significant increase in
cost pressure, fuelled by the economic crisis
and the shrinking market for MRO as a whole,
Lufthansa Technik closed 2009 with excellent
results," says August Wilhelm Henningsen, the
company's chief executive officer.
"The aviation crisis, which resulted in a
reduction in the number of flights offered
and sharply lower earnings, had an increasing
impact on our operations -- particularly in the
second half of the year," he continued. "But
our broad product range, international strategic
orientation, and great flexibility enabled us to
further enhance our leading position in the
One approach the company took in response
to the crisis was to adjust working times to
"For example, at German facilities with
annual working time models we were able to
respond flexibly to the decline in demand. And
the large number of lean activities helped us
increase the efficiency of our production in all
operating facilities," Henningsen says.
Lufthansa Technik also gained 40 new
customers in 2009, increasing its worldwide
total to 691. The company concluded 456 new
contracts, accounting for 493 million euros in
revenue for last year alone.
Henningsen points to the group's global
presence, with 31 production companies and
more than 26,000 employees -- 13,000 in
Germany and 13,000 in other countries -- as a
cornerstone for its success.
"Lean processes and effective interaction
among all the companies have improved
international competitiveness," he says.
"Through this teamwork, which spans
every part of the globe, we have established
ourselves on the world's markets and close to
our customers. We make the most of regional
labour cost advantages, and can at the same
time win new customers for the Lufthansa
The new and significantly expanded facility of
Lufthansa Technik Malta has been supporting
long-haul aircraft alongside the single-aisle
Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 families since the
middle of 2009. At Lufthansa Technik Sofia, a
second overhaul line came into service.
Meanwhile, LTQ Engineering, an engine
overhaul cooperation venture with Qantas,
added new engine models to its portfolio.
In Milan, Lufthansa Technik Milan has been
offering aircraft maintenance services for
regional customers since 2009, while in China,
Ameco Beijing has opened an additional Boeing
747 overhaul hangar and significantly increased
its training capacity. -- Andrzej Jeziorski
Lufthansa Technik reports higher 2009 profit despite slump
Boeing announced on 6 April that it had
completed its first maintenance training class
for the 787 Dreamliner.
The class consisted of 10 mechanics from
the aircraft's Japanese launch customer All
Nippon Airways (ANA) and two regulators
from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB).
The mechanics were the first of 150 from
ANA who will be trained by Boeing over the
next seven months. The class spent more
than 30 days learning how to maintain the
world's most advanced commercial jetliner,
including 20 days of theoretical training, two
days of engine runs and taxi testing, five
days of practical training and five days of
To conclude the training, students
conducted component identification
exams on production aircraft, as well as
troubleshooting exams in the full-flight
To support the all-new 787, Boeing
Training & Flight Services, a division of
Boeing Commercial Airplanes' Commercial
Aviation Services arm, has developed an all-
digital, Internet-based teaching system for
maintenance training, along with training
tools that connect real-time to a virtual
airplane and airplane systems.
"Getting our mechanics trained and
prepared is essential to being ready to take
delivery of the airplane later this year,"
said Michihide Kono, vice president of
Engineering and Maintenance for ANA.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the
fourth quarter -- about two years behind
the original schedule because of production
The 787 comes with digital tools and
databases that replace volumes of printed
materials. The graphic and textual database
has point-and-click features for more details,
allowing mechanics to navigate through
documents quickly to get the information
they need to do their jobs.
NEWS IN BRIEF
ST AEROSPACE has been awarded a contract
by Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines for
component maintenance-by-the-hour services,
worth about US$105 million. The contract will
expand the current support the Singaporean
company provides to the carrier's fleet from 15
Airbus A320 jetliners to as many as 78 aircraft of
the same type. The new contract will commence
in April 2010 and stretch over eight years.
The contract also includes the set-up of a new
warehouse at Spring Airlines' base at Shanghai
Pudong International Airport. This comes in addition
to the existing warehouse at nearby Hongqiao
International Airport. The additional warehouse will
provide the fleet with easy access to component
consignment services at Pudong.
Lufthansa Technik CEO
Henningsen says the
company achieved "excellent
results" even as demand
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