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Global maintenance, repair and overhaul provider
Lu hansa Technik is further expanding its activities
in the Middle East, establishing a new subsidiary
based in Dubai, called Lu hansa Technik Middle
East Ser vices (LTMES).
e new unit will bundle all the Middle East sales
and ser vice activities currently carried out by various
arms of the Lu hansa Technik Group and establish a
repair operation for nacelle components such as fan
reversers, inlet cowls and fan cowls. LTMES will look
a er customers in the Middle East for all Lu hansa
Technik Group companies, o ering one-stop services.
e new entity "will make it possible for us to speed
up ser vices and communication between Lu hansa
Technik and the customer and structure them more
e ciently," says the company s Managing Director
Ziad al Hazmi, who formerly ser ved as Lu hansa
Technik s general manager Gulf for two years. "Here
we ve got all the contact partners for sales, logistics,
component areas and even Lufthansa Technical
Training under just one roof."
In response to growing regional demand for nacelle
component repairs, LTMES is opening its own
ser vice operation tailored especially to needs of its
customers in the region.
"Having a service and repair facility in the region
offers our customers the opportunity for fast,
exible and cost-e ect solutions, since we can avoid
the additional costs of transporting components,"
says Heike Hartmann, head of airframe-related
components at Lu hansa Technik.
Integrated ser vices such as spare-parts supply
and repairs can be offered more efficiently to
customers in the region when there is a local facility.
Depending on the repair needed, service can be
provided directly at the customer site by an airline-
support team, at the LTMES facility, or within the
Lu hansa Technik network.
"Lu hansa Technik Middle East Services and the
new nacelle operation will allow us to live up to our
Middle Eastern customers´ expectations and meet
their needs in this growth market even better," Al
Hazmi says. "We´re already considering adding other
products," he adds, without elaborating.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support
(GCS) announced at the Dubai show that it plans
to increase scheduled production of its Hawker
400XPR programme, after selling out of all its
previously planned production.
e Hawker 400XPR is a factory-direct aircra
upgrade for the Hawker/Beechjet 400, blending the
bene ts of Hawker winglets, Williams International
FJ44-4A-32 engines, optional Rockwell Collins Pro
Line 21 avionics and a number of further system
enhancements. Certification of the engines and
winglets is scheduled for the end of June 2012.
"It is exciting to see the level of customer interest
we are receiving in our XPR programmes," says
Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcra s vice-president
of GCS. " e programme s price points, capabilities
and full-factory support are driving forces in its
popularity. Increasing planned production for the
Hawker 400XPR will [allow] those customers
seeking the performance and value of the aircra to
acquire one sooner than originally planned."
Hawker Beechcraft offers customized XPR
upgrade packages for existing aircra owners, as well
as factory-completed aircra for those who do not
currently own a Hawker 400.
Separately, Hawker Beechcra announced that it
has opened an expanded o ce in Dubai s Jumeirah
Lake Towers, sta ed by a sales and support team
available to provide advice on the full Hawker
Beechcra product range. e decision to expand
the manufacturer s operations in the United
Arab Emirates (UAE) comes as a result of strong
demand for private aviation in the Middle East,
which continued to expand even during the global
"We view the Middle East -- Dubai in particular --
as one of our key international growth markets and
expect this to continue as the Arab nations continue
to grow in importance in the global economy," says
Sean McGeough, Hawker Beechcra president for
Europe, the Middle East and Africa. " erefore, the
new Dubai o ce will help us expand our presence
in the region and capitalize on customer demand."
e opening of Hawker Beechcra s Dubai o ce
comes shortly after the launch of its new parts
distribution centre in Dubai, which, combined with
similar centres in Dallas, London, Johannesburg,
Singapore and Beijing, make more than US$375
million in inventory available to customers
Hawker Beechcraft to increase 400XPR output NEWS IN BRIEF
BOTH QATAR Airways and Aviation
Lease and Finance (ALAFCO) has
selected Pratt & Whitney's PurePower
PW1100G-JM engines to power
the Airbus A320neo single-aisle
jetliners the companies ordered
during the Dubai show. Qatar and
ALAFCO placed firm orders for 50
aircraft each. The Qatar deal includes
100 PW1100G-JM engines with a
PureSolutionSM maintenance service
agreement. Deliveries to Qatar are
scheduled to start in 2015, with
ALAFCO's deliveries following in
2017. "Selecting the PurePower
Geared Turbofan engine for our
Airbus A320neo family aircraft
ensures the best fuel burn, noise and
emission reductions, which equates
to benefits with real savings for our
customers," said ALAFCO Chairman
and CEO Ahmad Alzabin.
Middle East business
Lufthansa Technik s new Middle East unit will
have its own repair facility for engine nacelle
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